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Thursday, February 16, 2006



8. Kalmykia expecting Dalai Lama in summer - Ilyumzhinov


Interfax-Religion, Russia
15 February 2006

Moscow, February 15, Interfax - Kalmykia President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov hopes
that the Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, will visit the republic
in summer.

"The Kalmykia Union of Buddhists has submitted an official request to the
Foreign Ministry of Russia, and we hope that it will give a positive
answer," Ilyumzhinov told a news conference at the Interfax central office
on Wednesday.

The Dalai Lama could visit Kalmykia either on June 6, which is Buddha's
birthday, or July 6, which is the Dalai Lama's birthday, he said.

The republic's authorities expected the Dalai Lama to attend the opening of
a Buddhist temple with an 11-meter golden Buddha statue in late December
2005. But the visit fell through for various reasons.

The Dalai Lama's last visit to Russia took place on November 29- December 1,
2004, during which he consecrated the construction site for Elista's
Buddhist temple.


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  4. China chides Dalai Lama for 'internationalising' Tibet issue
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  6. Dalai Lama says happy to meet Hamas
  7. Dalai Lama asks Hamas to renounce violence, won't take side on cartoon controversy
  8. Kalmykia expecting Dalai Lama in summer - Ilyumzhinov
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