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Brown says incident during Wen's Cambridge speech "a matter of regret" (02/06/09)

 BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- In response to an incident to disrupt Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's speech at Cambridge University, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it was "a matter of regret," the Foreign Ministry said here Thursday.

  Brown wrote a letter to Premier Wen on Wednesday, in which he spoke highly of the China-Britain relations and the achievements of Wen's European tour, especially his visit to Britain, said Foreign Minister spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a press release.

  In the letter, Brown said Premier Wen's speech at Cambridge University received broad welcome and left a deep impression on the audience, noting that the interruption during the speech was "a matter of regret" and the police were dealing the case in accordance with the law.

  Premier Wen's speech at Cambridge Monday was disrupted by a 27-year-old man, who blew a whistle and hurled a sports shoe at him.

  Alison Richard, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, also expressed a sincere apology for the incident in her letter to Premier Wen.

  Richard said she felt very honored for Premier Wen's visit under such atrocious weather conditions in Britain. She said Wen's speech was very beneficial in deepening the understanding of China's development, according to the press release.

  In the letter, she also showed her admiration to Premier Wen's composure in the face of the disruption.

  "Violent behavior goes against with the value of Cambridge University," Richard said.

  She also expressed opposition to the behavior on behalf of Cambridge University.


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