Dalai Lama says ‘Europe be­longs to Euro­peans’

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

Stockholm, Swe­den - The Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader, the Dalai Lama, said on Wed­nes­day that ‘Europe be­longs to the Euro­peans’ and that refugees should re­turn to their na­tive coun­tries to re­build them.

Speak­ing at a con­fer­ence in Swe­den’s third-largest city of Malmo, home to a large im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion, the Dalai Lama - who won the No­bel Peace Prize in 1989 - said Europe was ‘morally re­spon­si­ble’ for help­ing ‘a refugee re­ally fac­ing dan­ger against their life’.

“Re­ceive them, help them, ed­u­cate them... but ul­ti­mately they should de­velop their own coun­try,” said the 83 year old Ti­betan who fled the cap­i­tal Lhasa in fear of his life af­ter China poured troops into the re­gion to crush an up­ris­ing.

“I think Europe be­longs to the Euro­peans,” he said, adding they should make clear to refugees that ‘they ul­ti­mately should re­build their own coun­try’.

The Dalai Lama was speak­ing three days af­ter the far-right pop­ulist party Swe­den Democrats made gains in the coun­try’s gen­eral elec­tion on Sun­day.

The anti-im­mi­gra­tion party came in third, be­hind Prime Min­is­ter Ste­fan Lofven’s So­cial Democrats and the op­po­si­tion con­ser­va­tive Moder­ates in the Nordic na­tion which in 2015 took in the high­est number of asy­lum seek­ers per capita in Europe.

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