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China must not miss the opportunity to talk to the Dalai Lama

September 24, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 22, 2010

Mrs Angelika Diekmann (c) presents His Holiness
the Dalai Lama with Menschen-in-Europa award in
Passau, Germany, on 21 September 2010

Passau, Germany: "China must not miss this
opportunity to talk to the Dalai Lama to resolve
the Tibetan issue," said Mr Roland Koch, the
former minister president of the German state of
Hesse. “I believe it is in the Chinese own
interest to make peace with the Dalai Lama."

Mr Koch made these remarks during the 2010
Menschen in Europe Award presentation to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama by the Verlagsgruppe Passau.

"This man stands for non-violence," he said. Mr
Koch added failing to support His Holiness means
gun is right. He called on the free people of the
world to stand and do something for the Tibetan people.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he was
honoured to receive the award. He said that since
childhood, he had a close feeling with
Deutschland. "You built a new nation from ash.
 From immense destruction you have built a strong
economic and developed good democratic system. I admire you all," he said.

His Holiness said that the education system
should focus more on human values and quality.
Moral ethics is not based on religion but on
secularism. Secularism doesn’t mean disrespect for religion.

Speaking on the Tibetan issue in response to a
question from the panel discussion's moderate,
His Holiness said, "Our demand is simple. Tibetan
issue is nothing to do with the Dalai Lama’s
institute. Tibetan people have placed trust in
the Dalai Lama and majority of Tibetan people
will listen. I am one simple person. Tibetan
issue is the issue of 6 million Tibetans."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that 20th
century was a century of war and the 21st should
be a century of dialogue and peace. Peace does
not mean that there are no more conflicts. "But
the goal should be to find for both sides, a
solution that is acceptable," he said.

Previous winners have included former United
Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Chancellor
Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Israeli President Shimon Peres.
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