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I am confident to return to Tibet, says Dalai Lama

September 24, 2010

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
September 20, 2010

BUDAPEST -- The Dalai Lama expressed confidence
he would one day return to Tibet, and called on
China's leaders to liberalise to avoid alienating
the international community, on a visit to Hungary Monday.

"I'm an optimist, I think I will return to Tibet
with a Chinese passport," the exiled Tibetan
spiritual leader told the Hungarian parliament in
Budapest on the last day of his four-day visit.

Describing China's Tibet policies as "hardline
and rigid," the 75-year-old Dalai Lama
nevertheless pressed that he had "no ambitions
for Tibet to break away from China."

Beijing accuses him of inciting unrest with a hidden pro-independence agenda.

"The Chinese leaders sooner or later have to
realise that they must start some sort of
political liberalisation, or otherwise they will
lose the world's trust," the Dalai Lama told Hungarian MPs.

He urged: "A solution must be found that is good for both China and Tibet."

A decade of dialogue between representatives of
the Tibetan leader and China's communist
government has failed to reach any substantive progress.

The Dalai Lama also noted in his speech, which he
gave in English: "if you are dissatisfied with
your politicians you must use freedom of speech to convey your opinion."

During his visit to Hungary -- his seventh in 28
years -- the Dalai Lama held lectures in front of
over 20,000 people and was made an honorary
citizen of Budapest by Mayor Gabor Demszky.

He also met with the 30-member Tibet
Parliamentary Group as well as the vice-president
of the European Parliament Laszlo Tokes.

The Dalai Lama already visited Hungary on six
other occasions, the first in 1982, four times in the 1990s and in 2000.
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