Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain is experiencing the lowest record of support from the people of his nation, and he decided to show lack of support for the Dalai Lama by refusing to meet wth him. Two months ago, Brown agreed to meet with the Dalai Lama at Downing Street, but, this time around he wants to keep his distance from the so-called controversial figure. He will meet the Tibetan leader at the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in an effort to portray the visit as one that is religious in nature and thus avoid angering Chinese officials. Anne Holmes, the director of the Free Tibet campaign, commented: “by meeting the Dalai Lama at the Lambeth Palace, Brown has signified his determination to appease the Chinese government. Th overwhelming message from Tibetans during recent protests inside Tibet was for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.”
Representatives of the Dalai Lama during the past few months have met with Chinese officials in order to forge a way of respecting the Chinese presence in Tibet while ensuring the Dalai Lama is able to return and work with the government in a manner that will ensure acceptance of basic Tibetan values and culture. There is no need at this time for Brown to act in such a fearful manner.