Dalai Lama says people must want Irish peace
The Tibetan Buddhist leader has said that the power to achieve peace in Northern Ireland is in the hands of the people, given self-confidence and patience.
The Dalai Lama delivered his message at the end of a three-day visit to Northern Ireland to meet with political and religious leaders.
He said he "tried to make a contribution" to resolving the age-old divisions in Northern Ireland. He added: "The problems are man-made, therefore logically it is in your own hands, the ways and means to work on it."
Self-confidence and patience were the most important things for people to have as they sought a resolution to the problems, he added.
The Dalai Lama was given a warm welcome on the first day of his visit by Catholics and Protestants when he visited the peace line which divides the rival communities in west Belfast.
He said he detected fresh optimism and a desire for peace. "I feel that people, as a whole, after 30 years' additional or unnecessary suffering due to violence, a lot of them begin to feel that violence is of no use and they have to find a normal way to tackle problems.
"Also, I think religious people are beginning to realise that harmony is very essential, at least among two Christian communities."