Gorbachev to skip Nobel Prize winners` meet in Japan

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will not be attending the Hiroshima meet of the Nobel prize winners on doctors` advice.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 15:51 PM IST

Moscow: Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War, will not be attending the Hiroshima meet of the prize winners on doctors` advice.

"Gorbachev, who will turn 80 in next March, is in good
health, but doctors say the flight to Japan from Moscow is too
long for him," a spokesman for the Gorbachev Foundation said
here.

Gorbachev, who was president of the erstwhile Soviet Union, had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is also among
the invitees of the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace
Laureates in Hiroshima to discuss nuclear non-proliferation.
Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who won this
year`s Nobel Peace Prize will not be able to attend for
obvious reasons, while last year`s winner US President Barack
Obama declined the invitation.

PTI