Dharamsala, HP, India, 18 December 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his deep sadness at learning of the passing away of his dear friend President Václav Havel. In a letter to his wife Mrs. Dagmar Havlova, His Holiness wrote that in his death, the world has lost a great statesman whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in bringing freedom and democracy to the then Czechoslovakia. He was an unassuming and a courageous leader whom His Holiness personally had the greatest admiration and respect and will miss him.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the
residence of Václav Havel during a visit to Prague, Czech Republic, on
July 2, 2002 Photo/Manuel Bauer |
He stated that perhaps the best tribute we could honour and remember President Václav Havel is to work as best we can towards building a more peaceful, open and just world.