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His Holiness the Dalai Lama to meet former Czech President Havel

December 1, 2008

Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa
The Tibet Bureau
November 28, 2008

Prague,  Nov. 28 -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Prague,
the  capital of Czech Republic at the invitation of former President
Václav Havel and Forum2000 from 29 November to 1 December 2008.

This is the first visit to Europe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
after the Beijing Olympics. After Prague, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
will travel to
Brussels and to Poland.

During the visit, His Holiness will meet President Václav Havel and
address the Tibet Group in the Czech Parliament on 1 December. His
Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a public talk - Compassion: The
Basis of Happiness on 30 November. The public talk's tickets were
sold out within two days in mid November. His Holiness' public talk
will be live webcast and visit www.forum200.cz for details.

Italian fencer Margherita Granbassi, who won a medal in Beijing
Olympic, will present her fencing mask to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
on 30 November in Prague. "I hope the same mask that protected me in
Beijing will help him protect his people," said Granbassi.

Former President Havel was the first head of state to extend an
official invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama after becoming the
first democratically elected President of Czechoslovak after the fall
of Communism in November 1989. In February 1990, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama visited Czechoslovak.

This is the seventh visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Czech Republic.

Press note: For interviews by phone, please call only during these
timings listed below - Local Czech time.

29 November  - Saturday
After 09.30 hrs

30 November  - Sunday
07.30 - 09.00 hrs
12.00 to 13.00 hrs
After 05.00 hrs

1 December  - Monday
07.30 - 09.00 hrs
12.00 to 13.00 hrs
After 05.00 hrs

2 December  - Tuesday
After 10.30 hrs

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The Tibet Bureau
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