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Tibet-RigaDharamshala: - A group of Latvian parliamentarians on September 10 met with the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai lama in Riga, the capital and largest city of Latvia and expressed their support for Tibetans in preserving the Tibetan culture and identity.

Welcoming the Nobel Peace Prize laureate among them, the parliamentarians said: "We will always support the Tibetan effort to preserve their culture and identity."

"Thank you for talking about values at a time when things in the world seem to be getting worse. Thank you for coming and thank you for highlighting the importance of values," they said.

His Holiness said: "Respected Members of Parliament and Tibet Support Groups, thank you for inviting us here and for the warmth of your welcome. Over the last 50 years or so, I think I can claim to have made some contribution to introducing democracy in our community. Since 2011, as a result, I have been able to retire completely from my former political responsibilities.

"Your experience accords with our experience. When it comes to the power of truth and the power of the gun, the gun may prove more effective in the short term, but in the long run the power of truth will prevail.

"We are committed to remaining part of the PRC, which could be of benefit in modernizing Tibet. However, we have our own language, which we love the way you love Latvian. It is also the best language for explaining the subtleties of Buddhist philosophy. Our aim is the establishment of genuine Tibetan autonomy, as mentioned in the Chinese constitution. What we are asking is that they implement it."

His Holiness went on to outline several different aspects of the issue of Tibet;Tibet-Riga-MPs-The first was the environment, the idea that Tibet's importance as the watershed for millions of people across Asia makes it a Third Pole.
-The second was that Tibetan Buddhist culture is of interest to many of the reputed 400 million Chinese Buddhists.
-The third was that China needs justice and freedom, the present lack of which is a sign of a lack of moral compass. The fourth was the importance of human rights and religious freedom to the Tibetan cause.
-And, finally, the fifth was Tibet's position as a buffer between China and India, the world's two most populous countries. Normalizing the situation in Tibet could lead to a reduction in troops and a relaxing of suspicion in the region.

The Parliamentarians then invited His Holiness The Dalai Lama to join them in taking a photograph together on the steps of the Latvian Parliament building.

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