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Danish PM hopes to meet Dalai Lama in May: Report

March 24, 2009

March 23, 2009

Dharamsala, March 23 -- Prime Minister Anders
Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark hopes to meet the
exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama
in May when he visits the country, despite
Chinese warnings, AFP cited a parliamentary
source as saying in a report last week.

"I met with the Dalai Lama during his last visit
to Denmark in 2003 and I plan to do so again if
possible," Rasmussen wrote in response to a
question from opposition Socialist People’s Party
member Pernille Frahm, who passed on his answer to AFP.

Frahm said she had written to the prime minister
to ask if he "planned to defy warnings from the
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and meet with the Dalai Lama in May."

The 73-year-old Tibetan leader and winner of the
1989 Nobel Peace Prize has visited Denmark
several times, each time provoking loud protests
from China, which has ruled Tibet since sending
in troops to invade the region in late 1949.

Exiled Tibetan leader’s next visit to the
Scandinavian country is scheduled for 29-31 May.

During the visit the Dalai Lama is expected to
give Buddhist teachings on "Mindfulness Based on
Love and Compassion" through Nagarjuna’s
Commentary on Bodhicitta (Jangchup Semdrel) and
Kamalashila’s The Middling Stages of Meditation
(Gomrim Barpa) at the Bella Center in the Danish capital city Copenhagen.

His Holiness will later give a public lecture on
the subject: "Peace through Inner Peace" on Sunday, 31st of May.

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