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US passes resolution to bestow honour on Dalai Lama

The resolution will permit the Tibet Int'l Campaign to sponsor a ceremony for Tibet's exiled spiritual head on Oct 17.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2007 08:45 IST

Ignoring Beijing's reservations, the House of Representatives has passed a resolution to allow the use of the US Capitol Rotunda for a ceremony next month to bestow Congress' highest civilian honour on the Dalai Lama.

The resolution would also permit the Tibet International Campaign to sponsor a related ceremony for Tibet's exiled spiritual head on the Capitol grounds on October 17.

The House voted last year to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal.

Last year, China denounced the House's decision to bestow the gold medal on the Dalai Lama, and condemned his receipt in 1989 of the Nobel Peace Prize.

First Published: Sep 05, 2007 08:42 IST