INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: DALAI LAMA TO THE EU, "RELIGIONS BEAR MESSAGES OF PEACE"

"All major religious traditions are bearing messages of peace and are all seeking deep values and inner harmony. We have Christian and non-Christian religions. They are all bearing the same messages of love, compassion and tolerance." Dalai Lama’s speech is frequently interrupted by MPs’ applauses. On the relationship between Tibet and China, he says: "we want to contribute to our society’s general harmony, stability and unity. But how can we pursue these goals when we live in a constant state of fear?" The speaker asks for rights and freedom for "everyone in China" and says his "faith in the Chinese people remains unshaken." Nevertheless, he also points out the rigid attitude adopted by the Chinese leadership which "opposes our non-violent struggle. But the crisis who broke out on 10 March last year" – with clashes in Lasha, chief town of Tibet – "has brought the situation to a head. We want to co-operate with China; no-one believes problems can be addressed with violence." "China is growing in importance, both economic and political. But to become a superpower she must prove to have a suitable moral authority," he concludes. ” ” ” “

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