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Dalai Lama Speaks In Danbury

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The Dalai Lama (Courtesy Western Connecticut State University)

The Dalai Lama (Courtesy Western Connecticut State University)

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The Dalai Lama says this century should focus on dialogue rather than force to solve problems and create peace.

The exiled Tibetan leader spoke Thursday at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and was introduced by actor Richard Gere.

The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent struggle in protest of Chinese rule of Tibet. He has been on a speaking tour in New England.

The 77-year-old noted that the 20th century was marked by bloodshed and violence. He said in order to create a peaceful century there must be a spirit of dialogue. He says the world is increasingly interdependent and problems such as global warming cross national boundaries.

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