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Dalai Lama arrives in Rome to be made honorary citizen

February 10, 2009

February 8, 2009

ROME (AFP) — Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived Sunday in
Rome to be made honorary citizen of the Italian capital, said airport
news agency Telenews.

A group of 120 Italian senators and deputies will on Monday morning
visit the Dalai Lama, who is set to receive the title of honorary
citizen during an afternoon ceremony.

The Buddhist spiritual leader was originally scheduled to travel to Rome
in autumn to receive the title, but had to postpone the visit due to
health problems.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in the Indian town of Dharamshala,
was admitted to a New Delhi hospital in October last year for keyhole
surgery to remove stones from his gallbladder.

The 73-year-old monk suffered further health problems last week, when he
was rushed by air to New Delhi's Apollo hospital, where he was treated
for a pinched nerve.

Rome's city council had adopted in September a motion conferring the
title of honorary citizen on the Dalai Lama as advocate for human rights
and for "his international efforts to bring about a peaceful solution
for Tibet".

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamshala since he fled Tibet in
1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
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