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Dalai Lama at Walesa celebration, Gdansk

December 7, 2008 - Warsaw,Poland
The Dalai Lama has arrived in Gdansk, northern Poland, to take part in the 25 years since Lech Walesa won the Nobel Prize celebrations this weekend.
Dalai Lama will be joined by President Nicholas Starkozy and former Nobel Prize winners, including the last president of the apartheid Republic of South Africa, Willem de Klerk, Israel’s Shimon Peres, Shrin Ebadi, the Iranian lawyer and children’s rights activist, and Lech Walesa himself, all who will all be speaking at the Youth Forum event which will attended by 200 young people from 44 countries.
The youth travelled to Gdansk on a special Solidarity Express train which set off from Krakow earlier this week."
On arrival in Gdansk the Dalai Lama told the distinguished audience: "Poland is a people who experience many difficult periods, however, no matter what difficulties, the Polish people always keep your spirit, your determination. I admire Polish people, [you have experienced] a lot of atrocities, a lot of difficulties, but you never lost your hope, your determination."
Lech Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 in recognition of the struggle by the Solidarity trade union against the communist authorities.
The Dalai Lama - currently on a European tour - will spend a week in Poland and will visit Wroclaw where he will be made an honorary citizen of the south western city and Krakow.
The Dali Lama’s trip to Europe has angered Beijing and the Chinese government cancelled a China-EU summit in Lyon, France consequently. (pg)
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