Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Just in Time for G20

Dalai Lama to provide $7.5 bln to boost IMF- Sarkozy
2 hrs 30 mins ago

Strasburg, April 1 (AFP) - The Dalai Lama has agreed to contribute $7.5 billion to boosting the resources available to the International Monetary Fund, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday.

"Our world wide fund organizers have worked hard to make this contribution to the IMF. We never let our friends down in their moment of need," Mr. Richard Gere, actor and representative of His Holiness told Agence France-Presse.

Asked if the amount would be any higher, such as $10 billion, he replied: "No. I think this is quite an amazing amount and is quite enough. We have done a terrific job today."

The Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan self-determination movement and became an honorary citizen of Paris last year. President Sarkozy today invited the exiled Tibetan leader to address the upcoming G20 Summit.

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