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I'm Fully Ccommitted to Democracy: Dalai Lama

May 28, 2008

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public talk at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London concluded with a thunderous applause on May 23. He said that the his people are not anti-Chinese; considering supporters as pro-justice and not pro-Tibet.
CJ: B K Upmanyu
MeriNews (India)
May 25, 2008 

TIBETAN SPRITUAL leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while expressing appreciation for the international community’s show of concern and support in the wake of the recent demonstrations in Tibet said that one practical way to educate the Chinese people to help remove their misconceptions of the Tibet issue. He said that the Tibetan people are not anti-Chinese and that he consider supporters as pro-justice and not pro-Tibet.

Dalai Lama also spoke about the importance of democracy and how it can help resolve many of the issues troubling China, including Tibet. On his part, the Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate said, "I am fully committed to democracy," adding, "I am now in semi-retirement,-- following the election of Prof Samdhong Rinpoche as the Kalon Tripa (head of the executive) of the Central Tibetan Administration. On the subject of global responsibility, he said that he has been speaking since 1973 during his first visit to Europe, he remarked how it is relevant even today. To have a sense of global responsibility, Dalai Lama said one must show concern about the other people. "Selfishness and greed will only make you unhappy," he said.

Dalai Lama’s public talk at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London concluded with a thunderous applause after Norman Baker, MP and president of the Tibet Society, in his vote of thanks said, "His Holiness is a beacon of hope not only for the Tibetan people, but also for millions of people around the world."

Earlier in the morning, His Holiness at the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee took part in a hearing on Tibet in the Westminster Parliament. While answering a series of questions from FAC members, His Holiness emphasised that Tibetans are not anti-Chinese and how the Tibetans in Tibet and in exile have been collecting donation and praying for the victims of the recent tragic earthquake that had rocked China.

He also said that he fully supported the Chinese President, Hu Jintao’s call for a ’harmonious society’, but added that this can only be brought about by having trust and mutual respect for one another. He said that China, with all its military and economic powers, lacks the moral respect to play an effective role in the comity of nations.

Prior to the Foreign Affairs Committee event on Tibet, His Holiness was received by the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, who informed that his first introduction to Tibet
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