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Climate change worries Dalai Lama

August 7, 2009

swissinfo.ch and agencies
August 6, 2009

Climate change poses a bigger threat to Tibet
than current political pressures, the Dalai Lama
told a top Swiss parliamentarian on Thursday.

During his last day in Switzerland, the spiritual
leader met the speaker of the House of
Representatives, Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, in
Lausanne before travelling to Geneva for a
conference on Chinese-Tibetan relations.

Scientists have said that rapidly melting
glaciers in the Himalayas could have disastrous
consequences for Tibet, where many of Asia's
greatest rivers have their sources.

"The Dalai Lama has asked me to raise this issue
with Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey so that
it will be included in international discussions," Simoneschi-Cortesi said.

She added that she was "deeply moved" by her
meeting with the Dalai Lama. The two talked about
their cultures' shared values, such as love,
respect, tolerance and non-violence.

The exiled Tibetan leader thanked the Swiss and
the government for their hospitality, despite the
fact that none of the country's ministers met him.

Some 4,000 Tibetans live in Switzerland, many of whom are now Swiss citizens.
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