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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."

I lost freedom at 16 and country at 24, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama

September 24, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 21, 2010

Budapest, 20 September -- "At 16 years-old I lost
my freedom and at the age of 24, I lost my
country”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during
an address to the Members of Hungarian Parliament
and invited guests this morning. “Last 51 years, I remained a refugee.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about the
October 1956 Hungarian revolution against the
Soviet rule. He said at that time he was in Tibet
but emotionally felt very close to those freedom fighters.

"Power of justice is more powerful than power of
gun. It (power of gun) is only a temporary power.
It cannot crush the power of truth,” said His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. He further said that the
Tibetan issue cannot be solved through
suppression. His Holiness reiterated that the
Tibetans are not seeking separation from China
but a mutually beneficial solution to the Tibetan issue -- genuine autonomy.

The Hungarian Parliament rolled out the red
carpet for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The
President of the Hungarian Parliament’s Tibet
Group and the Deputy leader of the LMP, the new
political party in Hungary received His Holiness
the Dalai Lama at the Central Entrance of the
Parliament. Also the Chairperson of the
Parliament’s Human Rights Committee called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Ms. Szabo Timea the Deputy leader of the LMP
said, "We are here to express our full support
for the Tibetan causes. We’ll support the
regional general autonomy to preserve Tibetan
culture and identity dating back to thousands of
years.” She is also the Deputy Chair Parliamentary Committee of Human Right

The LMP also express great concern about Tibetan
environment and the impact by the climate change.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged the
Hungarian MPs to visit Tibet to see the situation for themselves.

In the after His Holiness the Dalai Lama
addressed the students and members of the faculty
of Central European University.  The University
has students from 100 countries and faculty from 40 Countries.

Tomorrow morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Passau, Germany.
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