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His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Prague, Czech Rep.

Tibet is facing a death sentence

PRAGUE, 1 December – Tibet is facing a death sentence, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Prague, Czech Republic. His Holiness said that his faith towards the Chinese government is thinner and thinner and thinner but had great faith in the people of China.

"I'm always telling my friends that a good, a close relationship with a huge country like China is very essential, and not only for the economy," His Holiness said during a meet the press session on the third day of his visit to Prague. "But in the meantime, there are principles, like freedom of expression, human rights, democracy... for which you have to stand firm. Genuine friendship leaves a space to be firm, and at the end the other does appreciate (that)," he added.

"If you act like a 'Yes minister,' whatever the other is doing, even something wrong, then the other thinks it is OK," he said, stressing it was "important to point at the others' mistakes.

Yesterday His Holiness met with Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. His press office released a statement and a photo of the two leaders. During the meeting, Mr. Topolanek had expressed his sympathies for Tibet and had worn a badge with the Tibetan flag before the Beijing Olympics.

In the afternoon, His Holiness visited the Czech Parliament at the invitation of the Tibet Group in the Parliament which consisted of Ministers for Defense, Human Rights, Environment and Culture.

The Tibet Group in the Parliament has especially printed a leaflet to commemorate His Holiness’ visit. In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked the members of the Czech Parliament for supporting the Tibetan people. His Holiness said he believed people, the governments and parliaments that supported the Tibetan cause did not do so only on account of Tibet, but mainly because they supported justice.

Then His Holiness met former President Havel at his office in central Prague. The two leaders had a private meeting for about 30 minutes. Later they addressed the media.

His Holiness’ visit to Prague was at the invitation of President Havel and Forum2000. When asked by journalist about his memories of their first meeting n February 1990 with President Havel, His Holiness said they immediately established a friend and Havel's concern, support and solidarity had never changed. His Holiness’ also said that President Havel is a symbol of freedom. Before travelling to Brussels at the invitation of the European Parliament, His Holiness will meet Czech Foreign Minister Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg at the Foreign Ministry.

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel welcomes His Holiness at his office

His Holiness and former President Vaclav Havel

His Holiness greeting Czech public from car

His Holiness greeting Mongolians in Prague

His Holiness blessing a Tibetan from Amdo living in Czech Republic

His Holiness blessing a stone slate from Lhasa

Prague Mayor welcoming His Holiness

His Holiness giving Public Talk titled "Compassion, the Basis of Happiness"

His Holiness and the Czech Prime Minister Topolànek at the residence of the PM

His Holiness and Martin Bursik, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and member of the Tibet Group in Czech Parliament

His Holiness addressing the members of the Tibet Group in Czech Parliament

Katerina Jacques, Czech MP, briefing His Holiness

His Holiness meeting the Press

His Holiness arrives at Czech Foreign Ministry

His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg

His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg boarding the plane

His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg boarding the plane

His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg boarding the plane

His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg boarding the plane

Czech Government plane - on board His Holiness and Czech Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg

 

 

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