UN Bans Tibetan Propaganda
AFP News wire

GENEVA, Aug 10 (AFP) - A newsstand inside the United Nations' Geneva headquarters was forced Tuesday to take down a portrait of the Dalai Lama, a UN spokeswoman said.

The newsstand had put up the picture to mark a visit to Switzerland by the Tibetan spiritual leader, and put several of his books up for sale. A Tibetan flag was also put on view.

But since Tibet is not recognized as a state by the United Nations, propaganda for its independence from China cannot be allowed, UN spokeswoman Elena Ponomareva said.

This was despite the fact that the newsstand, inside the Palais des Nations, is independent of the world organization.

Ponomareva said a UN staff member, who was not identified, had complained about seeing the Dalai Lama's likeness at the newsstand. She added that the Chinese UN mission did not intervene.

The Dalai Lama was to leave Geneva on Wednesday for New York after a four-day visit to Switzerland, during which he did not go to the Palais des Nations nor meet Swiss government officials.

(Aug 10, 1999)

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