Through combined efforts of the Foreign Ministry, Nepali embassy in Brussels and Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA), a gold and silver plate brass statue; displaying the craftsmanship of metal carving of the Nepalese craftsmen, of Buddha was placed at the Peace Palace, the Headquarters of International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague, the Netherlands.
Although international icons and historical sculpture, including Statue of Liberty have been kept in ICJ headquarters, the idol of the light of peace was missing. The ICJ had agreed to create space for the statue at its headquarters at the request of HE Ram Mani Pokharel, Ambassador of Nepal to Belgium, who concurrently looks after the Netherlands.
The two feet high Buddha statue was handed over to the ICJ President Peter Tomkaamid during a ceremony in the Hague on June 24th June, 2013 on behalf of the Nepal Government by HE Ram Mani Pokharel, Ambassador of Nepal to the Benelux with the following inscriptions.
Buddha was born in 623 BC in Lumbini, Nepal.
”Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. ” Buddha
Presented to the International Court of Justice; on behalf of the Government and People of Nepal, by His Excellency Ram Mani Pokharel, Ambassador of Nepal to the Benelux on 24th June, 2013.