H. H. The Dalai Lama Welcomes Truce in Sri Lanka

April 13th 2009

It is with great relief that I welcome the truce that has been declared in the Sri Lankan conflict to mark the two-day Sinhala and Tamil New Year holiday. I share the widespread international concern for the welfare of civilians caught between the warring parties and welcome the opportunity this respite offers for them make their way to safety. May they be able to do so.  

Both sides in this conflict, despite their resort to the use of force, come from Buddhist and Hindu communities respectively that have ancient, deep-seated respect for the principle of ahimsa or non-violence. Now that they have reached a pause in their fighting, I appeal to both sides to extend it and build on it by reopening dialogue together. In the long run, genuine dialogue is the only way to resolve even the most intransigent conflicts. I pray that this New Year truce may offer an opportunity for Sinhalese-Tamil relations to take a new, more constructive direction.

The Dalai Lama 

Dharamsala, India
April 13, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2009

 

 
 

Latest News

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses Regret at Shimon Peres's Passing Away
September 28th 2016
Theckchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 28 September 2016 - In a letter to the Director of the Peres Peace House His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote that he had been saddened to learn that Shimon Peres had passed away following a recent stroke. He added: "I offer my prayers for him and convey my condolences to the members of his family at this difficult time."

Observing the International Day of Peace at the Church of Peace, Swidnica
September 21st 2016

History, ‘Forgiveness and Reconciliation' in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016
September 21st 2016

Leaving Strasbourg for Wroclaw
September 19th 2016

Avalokiteshvara Empowerment and Public Talk
September 19th 2016

Explore