DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today congratulated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his efforts to end Colombia’s 52-year war with FARC rebels.
Sikyong wrote, “I heartily congratulate you for being awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. This award is a homage to your wholehearted investment to bring peace to your country despite the setbacks along the way.”
“In a world beset with tragedies and conflicts caused as a result of violent ideologies, your unwavering commitment to peace and dialogue is truly inspirational and motivating.”
“As the political leader of a country occupied by China, I feel your chosen path to combat conflicts through an untiring willingness for dialogue is not only important and significant, but also paves an example for others like us to follow.”
“As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, the 21st century should be a century of dialogue. Dialogue allows people to span their differences and forge shared frames of reference. I feel it gives those formerly excluded from decision-making an opportunity to participate in the process of finding common ground and establishing priorities for action, which is why it is extremely crucial today than ever before.”
“I wish you all the success and hope that the spirit of dialogue which this award represents, herald a new day of peace and reconciliation in your country,” Sikyong said.