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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tibet's spiritual leader will also meet with prime minister

October 24, 2007

Ottawa Citizen,  Canada
October 21, 2007

The Dalai Lama, temporal and spiritual leader of Tibetans around the
world, will speak in Ottawa on Oct. 28.

His talk, titled "Global Citizenship Through Universal
Responsibility," will be given in the Civic Centre arena at Lansdowne
Park at 3 p.m.

He will be in Ottawa until Oct. 30, with an itinerary that includes a
meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, before leaving for
Toronto, where he will give a talk on Oct. 31.

The Dalai Lama, who was made an honorary Canadian citizen on Sept. 9,
2006, has lived in exile in India since fleeing his predominantly
Buddhist homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against communist
rule.

In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to
the non-violent liberation of Tibet.

He advocates autonomy for Tibet within China and greater freedom to
practise the region's form of Buddhism.

On Oct. 17, he received the congressional gold medal, the United
States' highest civilian honour, from President George W. Bush.

The award has been heavily criticized by the Chinese government as
"blatant interference with China's internal affairs."

The Dalai Lama was in Ottawa in April of 2004. On that trip, he also
spoke at the Civic Centre and was introduced by Ottawa singer Alanis
Morissette.

He was supposed to come two years earlier, but had to cancel because of illness.

Mr. Harper will be the second Canadian prime minister to meet with the
Dalai Lama. Paul Martin met with the spiritual leader in 2004.

Before that, however, Jean Chrétien refused to meet with the Dalai
Lama as prime minister for fear of upsetting relations with China -
although in 2002 at least 20 of his Liberal MPs signed a petition
asking him to hold a meeting. Mr. Chrétien did, however, meet the
Dalai Lama when he was leader of the Opposition in 1990.

For information about the Dalai Lama's speech in Ottawa, see the
website www.tibet.ca

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