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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Dalai Lama to tour Nigeria, Europe

November 13, 2008

November 11, 2008

DHARAMSHALA, India, Nov 12 -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama will leave for a visit to Nigeria and several European
nations later this month, his spokesman said Wednesday.

The Dalai Lama leaves his north Indian base at Dharamshala on
November 25 on a two-day trip to Nigeria, during which he will meet
disciples, spokesman Tenzin Taklha said.

"The visit is the first leg of a trip which will take him to the
Czech Republic, Belgium and Poland," Takhla said.

The travel plans were announced a day after the 73-year-old Buddhist
leader said he believed dialogue with Beijing was the only way to
resolve the deadlock over Tibet, despite the failure of the latest
talks with Chinese officials.

The comments also come ahead of a meeting of Tibetan representatives
in Dharamshala to discuss their strategy on dealing with China.

Takhla said the self-exiled Tibetan leader would be present in
Dharamshala during the meeting next week but would not participate.

"His Holiness will not be participating in this meeting and it is
highly unlikely that he would meet the media during this (event),"
the spokesman told AFP.

The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner has been seeking "meaningful
autonomy" for Tibet since he fled his homeland following a failed
uprising in 1959 against Chinese rule, nine years after Chinese
troops invaded the region.

China says he is seeking full independence -- a "splittist" action
that it opposes.
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