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Dalai Lama to get honorary citizenship of Warsaw

July 23, 2009

July 23rd, 2009       

DHARAMSALA - Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, will get
honorary citizenship of Warsaw during his visit to Poland next week, his
aides said here Thursday.

"On the invitation of the Warsaw administration, His Holiness (the Dalai
Lama) is visiting Poland next week. He will be conferred honorary
citizenship of Warsaw July 29," Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the
Dalai Lama's office, told IANS.

He said the Tibetan leader is also visiting Germany and Switzerland.
For two weeks, the Dalai Lama will be travelling to Poland, Germany and
Switzerland for delivering lectures and attending functions.

"It will be a great honour for the Dalai Lama to receive the honorary
citizenship of Warsaw. He last visited Poland in December 2008, where he
attended ceremonies to mark the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the
Nobel Peace Prize to Polish labour leader Lech Walesa. At that time, he
also met French President Nicolas Sarkozy," he said.

This will be the Dalai Lama's fourth visit to Poland. He visited Poland
in 1993 and 2000 too.

The 74-year-old Nobel laureate has travelled across the world to garner
support for ?meaningful autonomy? for Tibet despite stern warnings by
Beijing to foreign governments that receive visits from the Tibetan
spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took
refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa
in 1959.

The Dalai Lama has ever since been heading the Tibetan
government-in-exile at McLeodganj, near here. However, the government is
not recognised by any country.
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