19 countries to miss Nobel ceremony

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 7, 2010 15:34

OSLO — China and 18 other countries will not attend the Nobel  Peace Prize ceremony honoring Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, officials said, an announcement that comes after a Chinese campaign to dissuade diplomats from showing up.

Embassy representatives, including from Russia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, have turned down an invitation to the December 10 event in Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee said. At least 44 of the 65 embassies that have been invited have accepted the invitation, it added.

China was infuriated when the committee awarded the prestigious prize to Liu, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion after co-authoring an appeal calling for reforms to China's one-party political system.

Only one of about 140 Chinese activists invited by Liu's wife has confirmed he will attend the prize ceremony in the Norwegian capital, according to organizers.


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