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Havel pleading for help to Tibet

December 3, 2008

Czech Happenings - Pragues,Czech Republic
December 2, 2008
 
Prague - Help for the Tibetan cause by the international community, the EU and Nobel Prize laureates in particular, were discussed by former Czech president Vaclav Havel and Tibetan Dalai Lama.
 
"This demands patience, endurance and also certain alertness because some things are taking place that are irreversible such as the transfer of the Chinese population to Tibet," said Havel, who has met the Dalai Lama several times.
 
The Dalai Lama has arrived in Prague at the invitation of Havel and the Foundation Forum 2000.
 
Tibet is supported not only by the USA and Canada, but Europe is being increasingly interested in its cause, the Dalai Lama said.
 
He said he would go to Brussels at the invitation of the European parliament tomorrow, which showed that it was interested in it.
 
Tibetský duchovní vůdce dalajlama se setkal 1. prosince v Praze s bývalým českým prezidentem Václavem Havlem.
 
The Dalai Lama said he believed people, the governments and parliaments that supported the Tibetan cause did not do so only on account of Tibet, but mainly because they sought justice.
 
Good relations between China and India are good for Tibet, the Dalai Lama said.
 
As long as China sends its troops to China, India will not like it, he added.
 
This is not good for Tibet either, the Dalai Lama said.
 
The Dalai Lama visited Czechoslovakia in February at Havel's invitation. They met most recently in 2006.
 
Havel said the 20th anniversary of their meeting was approaching.
 
"I dare say we have become good friends," Havel said.
 
The Dalai Lama said Havel's concern, support and solidarity had never changed.
 
It is very important because he has great authority in this planet. Many say Havel is a symbol of freedom, he added.
 
He said Havel was a wonderful friend whom he considered almost one of his family members.
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