Dalai Lama says he is confident he will return to Tibet

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 22:10

Budapest: The Dalai Lama expressed
confidence he would one day return to Tibet, and called on
China`s leaders to liberalise to avoid alienating the
international community, on a visit to Hungary on Tuesday.

"I`m an optimist, I think I will return to Tibet with a
Chinese passport," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told
the Hungarian parliament in Budapest on the last day of his
four-day visit.
Describing China`s Tibet policies as "hardline and
rigid," the 75-year-old Dalai Lama nevertheless pressed that
he had "no ambitions for Tibet to break away from China."

Beijing accuses him of inciting unrest with a hidden
pro-independence agenda.

"The Chinese leaders sooner or later have to realise that
they must start some sort of political liberalisation, or
otherwise they will lose the world`s trust," the Dalai Lama
told Hungarian MPs.

He urged: "A solution must be found that is good for both
China and Tibet."

A decade of dialogue between representatives of the
Tibetan leader and China`s communist government has failed to
reach any substantive progress.

The Dalai Lama also noted in his speech, which he gave in
English: "if you are dissatisfied with your politicians you
must use freedom of speech to convey your opinion."

During his visit to Hungary -- his seventh in 28 years --
the Dalai Lama held lectures in front of over 20,000 people
and was made an honorary citizen of Budapest by Mayor Gabor
Demszky.
He also met with the 30-member Tibet Parliamentary Group
as well as the vice-president of the European Parliament
Laszlo Tokes.

The Dalai Lama already visited Hungary on six other
occasions, the first in 1982, four times in the 1990s and in
2000.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 22:10

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