Archive for the ‘deadline’ Category

Chinese restraint urged on Tibet

March 18, 2008

By David R. Sands
The Washington Times
March 18, 2008

China yesterday scrambled to contain the global fallout from days of bloody clashes in Tibet, as protests around the globe put the spotlight on Beijing’s human rights record just months before it hosts the Olympic Games.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union all urged China to show “restraint” after days of rioting in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and neighboring provinces that left more than a dozen dead and scores injured.

Local government officials clear up burnt items on a street ...
Local government officials clear up burnt items on a street in Lhasa, Tibet March 16, 2008, in this picture distributed by China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
(Xinhua/Soinam Norbu/Reuters)

A midnight deadline set by Beijing for protesters to turn themselves in passed yesterday with no evidence of mass surrenders or arrests, the Associated Press reported.
There appeared to be little official support for a boycott of the Summer Games, even as scores of pro-Tibetan activists planned a protest today outside the Swiss headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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China Gives Tibetan Rioters Deadline

March 15, 2008
By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim

BEIJING (Reuters) – China set a “surrender” deadline after riots in Lhasa that it said killed 10 innocent people, launching a crackdown on Saturday after the worst unrest in Tibet for two decades.
A Tibetan protester pleads for mercy as the police arrested ... 
A Tibetan protester pleads for mercy as the police arrested them during anti-China protests in front of the United Nations office in Kathmandu March 15, 2008. Nepal has effectively closed Mount Everest to climbers until after May 10 to allow the Olympic flame to be carried to the top without being troubled by Tibetan protesters, a senior minister said on Friday.
REUTERS/Deepa Shrestha (NEPAL) 

The response came after torrid protests on Friday which flew in the face of official claims the region was immune from unrest as Beijing readies to hold the Olympic Games in August.

Xinhua news agency said 10 “innocent civilians” were shot or burnt to death in fires that accompanied street clashes in the remote, mountain capital on Friday. It said no foreigners died, and the dead included two people killed with shotguns.

Tibetan law-and-order departments offered leniency for rioters who turned themselves in by Monday midnight.

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North Korea Misses Nuclear Deadline

January 1, 2008

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea failed to meet a year-end deadline to declare all of its nuclear programs under an aid-for-disarmament deal, prompting disappointed reactions yesterday from the United States, Japan and South Korea.
The three countries, along with China and Russia, have pushed North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs in a series of negotiations that began in 2003 and finally gained momentum in 2007.

Washington and Seoul said they think the overall disarmament process, despite falling behind schedule, is still on track.

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