Former VP Says Olympic Boycott Not the Answer

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Vice President Walter Mondale isn't among those who want President Bush to skip the opening ceremonies
at the Beijing Olympics.

Instead, Mondale -- who played a key role in the U.S. boycott of the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow -- wants the U.S. to take an active role in getting the Chinese government to speak with the Dalai Lama about the situation in Tibet.

Mondale says that the Dalai Lama is calling for the people of Tibet be "allowed some sort of cultural independence and some survivability as a people," which Mondale says is a "modest" demand.

Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have said Bush should skip the ceremonies absent progress on human rights. John McCain has said he would go only if China improves its human rights record.

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