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More countries oppose boycott of Beijing Olympics
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19:21, April 02, 2008

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More countries have voiced their opposition to the boycott of Beijing Olympics.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday that the Olympic Games are an important sporting occasion and is of great significance to the world.

He confirmed he will represent Britain at the Beijing Olympics and will be present at the welcoming ceremony when the Beijing Olympic flame arrives in London on Sunday.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said his government opposes a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games and representatives of Denmark's royal family and government will attend the event in August.

"Sports must not be confused with politics," he said, adding that Denmark should send official delegates to Beijing in support of its athletes' participation in the Olympics.

Earlier, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller told reporters when attending a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Slovenia that it is wrong to threaten to boycott the Olympics and a boycott will deeply hurt the Chinese people.

Last Friday, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said a boycott of Beijing Olympics is pointless. According to Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic's spokesman Marek Trubac, the president believes sport has to tie not to divide and a boycott will only hurt athletes.

Also last Friday, Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spanish minister of foreign affairs and cooperation said that his country will be present at the Beijing Olympics in August.

"The Olympic Games are the best platform to eliminate controversies and crises and to start dialogue and so we shouldn't be boycotting them," he told reporters in EU foreign ministers meeting in Slovenia, noting that Spain is not in favor of a boycott.

Last Wednesday, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said he does not believe "a boycott of the Olympics is a sensible or the right thing to do," and his country will not boycott the Beijing Olympics.

He added that the Olympics should be used to facilitate China's engagement with other countries. The Olympics are a chance to put the spotlight on China but also to enhance China's engagement with the international community, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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