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War on Iraq will disturb world peace: Dalai Lama
The Times of India THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2003 BOTH GAYA, Bihar: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday described the threat of war against Iraq as dangerous to world peace and said that thrusting a war on that country would only lead to destruction.

Talking to reporters, the Dalai Lama, who is here for the ongoing Kalchakra Puja, the most sacred ritual of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, said the possible US strike on Iraq would create more problems than it would solve and observed that "War is nothing but an organised form of violence".

"War will lead to a trail of destruction...And it will definitely have its impact on other countries," he said replying to a newsman's query on the continuing stand-off between the US and Iraq. Terming as a "liberation movement" the US action that dislodged the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the spiritual leader in exile said that the citizens of Afghanistan were an oppressed lot and wanted to get rid of the dictatorship and autocracy of the Taliban

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