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Thursday, May 14, 1998

1. Dalai Lama: India should not have nukes, but not be policed by others(AP)

MADISON, May 13, 1998 (AP) -- India should not be pressured by
developed nations to get rid of its nuclear weapons, the Dalai
Lama said Wednesday.

India has proved it is no longer an underdeveloped nation, and it
should have the same access to nuclear weapons as developed
countries, the 1989 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize said.

Although the Dalai Lama stressed that he continues to work for
peace and nuclear disarmament, he said that developed nations
should not tell Third World countries what to do with their

"I think nuclear weapons are too dangerous. Therefore, we have to
make every effort for the elimination of nuclear weapons," the
Dalai Lama said in a news conference. "However, the assumption of
the concept that few nations are OK to possess nuclear weapons
and the rest of the world should not -- that's undemocratic."

The Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet's Buddhists who lives
in India, also said he was sure that India would join in complete
nuclear disarmament if other nations did the same.
India set off two more underground nuclear explosions Wednesday,
the fifth since Monday. President Clinton has ordered tough new
sanctions as punishment for the test blasts in an effort to stop
a new nuclear arms race.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama to rule Tibet, was in Madison
to speak to the state Legislature on the final leg of a two-week
U.S. tour.

The Dalai Lama, now 62, was forced to leave his isolated homeland
after China took control of the nation in the 1950s.

The Dalai Lama told lawmakers in a speech that he continues to
work for the freedom of Tibet through negotiations. He said that
if Tibet gains its freedom, it probably will become a democracy.

The story has been told in two motion pictures in the past year,
"Seven Years in Tibet," starring Brad Pitt, and "Kundun,"
directed by Martin Scorsese. Both portray the brutality of the
military takeover that forced the Dalai Lama to flee.

The Dalai Lama got a standing ovation from a crowd of about 600
before and after his speech to the Legislature. Throngs of people
followed him as he walked the halls of the Capitol.

He signed autographs and made small talk. He also took time out
to bless Alison Sullivan, a 15-year-old Milwaukee girl who uses a
wheelchair because of a neurological disorder.

"That's part of the reason we came here, to be in contact with
him," said Michael Sullivan, Alison's father.

The Dalai Lama also delivered a lecture Wednesday night at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison's basketball arena. An estimated
13,000 people attended the event.

He told the crowd that world peace can be achieved through
compassion, and he also said that a future Dalai Lama could be a
woman. All 14 so far have been men.

He delivered his speech while seated in an easy chair, with help
of an interpreter at times. Seated nearby was UW-Madison
Chancellor David Ward.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Dalai Lama: India should not have nukes, but not be policed by others(AP)
  2. Dalai Lama says he's sad over India's nuclear testing (MJS)
  3. Exiled Tibetan leaders hail Indian PM over nuclear tests (AFP)
  4. Royal welcome as Dalai Lama visits Madison (AP)
  5. Dalai Lama's visit in Madison begins with blessings (MJS)
  6. Letter to WTN News Re: TYC quote in AFP

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