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Published:April 7th, 2008 05:38 EST
Tibet troubles International Olympic Committee

Tibet troubles International Olympic Committee

By SOP newswire

By Stephanie Ho

The head of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, says he is very concerned about the situation in Tibet, following protests that have targeted the Olympic torch relay overseas.

Rogge said the International Olympic Committee is calling for a "rapid, peaceful resolution in Tibet."  

His comments Monday, to a meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Beijing, were his strongest yet on the growing political storm surrounding the games.

He reiterated remarks he made in Singapore, where he underscored his concern that protesters could disrupt the Olympic torch relay.

"We are definitely not happy with the protests," Rogge said.

Demonstrators tried to grab the Olympic torch and snuff out the flame as it passed through London Sunday.

Official Chinese media denounced the protests, saying that a small number of pro-Tibet independence activists are trying to sabotage the torch relay event.