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Dalai Lama in British City of Nottingham for 5 Days of Talks

May 27, 2008

Voice of America News
May 24, 2008

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader is set to begin five days of talks with the public in the British city of Nottingham.

The Dalai Lama says the focus of the conference is to explain Buddhist spiritual values and help teach people how to lead a happy life. He says the talks are designed to help everyone, including members of other faiths and atheists.

He also plans to talk about environmental matters.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Nottingham Friday after meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at London's Lambeth Palace.

Mr. Brown pledged to work for reconciliation between China and the people of Tibet.

China Saturday criticized the meeting, saying Britain is interfering in China's internal affairs.

The Tibetan leader Thursday told British lawmakers their country is not doing enough to support Tibetans he says face "cultural genocide" at the hands of the Chinese.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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