Brown rules out Beijing boycott

Gordon Brown has said he will not boycott the Beijing Olympics because the Dalai Lama opposes such action.

The prime minister said the only way for the Chinese and Tibetans to resolve their tensions was through dialogue.

Mr Brown has also resisted calls not to welcome the Olympic torch in Downing Street when it arrives in London.

It comes as four pro-Tibet activists are arrested for abseiling off Westminster Bridge and unveiling a protest banner.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg had increased the pressure on Mr Brown by telling him not to attend the Games in August or this weekend’s torch relay.

Mr Brown’s comments come as France’s human rights minister has denied setting conditions for President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attendance at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

Rama Yade said Le Monde newspaper had misquoted her as listing “conditions” for Mr Sarkozy’s presence at the event.

Eighty athletes, entertainers and dignitaries will carry the torch on a 31-mile long journey through London’s streets on Sunday as part of its journey to the Beijing 2008 games.