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Nepal allows Tibetan monk cremation after China controversy

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:41 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal said Tuesday it had agreed to allow a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk to be cremated in Kathmandu, overturning an earlier ban which had sparked claims that it had caved to pressure from China.

The Nepalese Embassy in India initially granted approval for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche's body to be transported to Nepal from neighbouring India for cremation after he died of a heart attack in Germany last month.

Nepal denied accusations by academics that it was bowing to diplomatic pressure from neighbouring giant China when it retracted the approval two weeks later.

Nepal said it did not know Rinpoche held a Bhutanese passport when the original approval was given, adding that "Nepal does does not have laws regarding cremation of foreigners".

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