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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Congratulates President Obama on Nobel Peace Prize

October 13, 2009

Office of Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Washington, DC
Press Release, October 9, 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a letter of
congratulations to President Obama today on being
named the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

His Holiness, who is in Washington, D.C., wrote
to the President to say that he was pleased that
the Nobel Committee had "recognized your approach
towards resolving international conflicts through
the wisdom and power of dialogue."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that
President Obama has "created a new climate in
international politics" where "dialogue and
negotiations are preferred as instruments for
resolving even the most difficult international conflicts."

In his letter, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said:
"The Committee has rightly noted your efforts
towards a world without nuclear weapons and your
constructive role in environmental protection.
The 20th century was a century of bloodshed and
all of us have the responsibility to make the
21st century a century of dialogue and
co-operation.  There is thus the need for
concerted efforts from all sides in this highly
interdependent world to promote and adopt a more compassionate approach."

His Holiness continued: "I have maintained that
the founding fathers of the United States have
made this country the greatest democracy and a
champion of freedom and liberty.  It is,
therefore, important for today's American leaders
to adopt principled leadership based on these
high ideals. Such an approach will not only
enhance the reputation of the United States, but
also contribute tremendously to reducing tension in the world."

Bhuchung Tsering
International Campaign for Tibet
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