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U.N. Gets OK for Tibet Visit

September 1, 1998

GENEVA (AP) _ Chinese authorities have given the go-ahead for U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson to travel to Tibet during an upcoming visit to China, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.

Robinson, who arrives in China on Sept. 6 for her first visit, will spend two days in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, meeting local officials.

She will hold talks with Chinese President Jiang Zemin upon her return to Beijing, said her spokesman, Jose Diaz.

Robinson, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, has no plans to meet dissidents or prisoners in Tibet or elsewhere in China.

Instead, she will focus on meetings with the foreign and justice ministries, women’s groups and U.N. agencies.

Human rights organizations have criticized China for its clampdown on Tibet’s independence movement. The Chinese seized the mountainous territory in 1950 and have ruled it since.

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