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Special Meeting Vows to Fulfil Aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet

28 September 2012

DHARAMSHALA: Exiled Tibetans pledged to make utmost efforts in getting global support to fulfill the wishes of Tibetans inside Tibet for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the restoration of freedom for Tibetans.

31 recommendations on how to deal with the critical situation in Tibet and find a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet was formulated at the four-day special general meeting of Tibetans, which concluded today.

The meeting resolved to pursue the Middle-Way policy to find a meaningful solution through dialogue with the Chinese government as per the past resolutions adopted by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They also underlined the urgent need to seek political support from the international community to resume the dialogue process, which stalled due to lack of positive response from the Chinese government resulting in the resignation of the Tibetan envoys. It called on the Kashag to earnestly resume the dialogue through creating greater awareness on the Middle-Way policy among the Chinese community.

The meeting expressed grave concern over the tragic self-immolations by Tibetans and urged Tibetans inside Tibet not to take drastic actions.

The meeting also strongly urged the Chinese leadership to end its hardline policies in Tibet, adding that China should take full responsibility for the further deterioration of situation if they failed to reform its wrong policies.

The meeting resolved that the self-immolations by Tibetans is the highest form of non-violent action.

It resolved that any future campaigns by Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan NGOs should be non-violent, dignified and conform with laws of the host countries.

The meeting stressed the need to remain alert to Chinese government’s attempts to destablise the unity and harmony within the Tibetan community in exile.

It resolved that Tibetans living in the free world must make concerted efforts to preserve Tibetan religion, culture and language, which are being annihilated in Tibet under the Chinese government’s repressive policies.

The meeting expressed deep gratitude to the world governments, parliaments and non-governmental organisations for their long-standing support for the just cause of Tibet. It also underlined the need to make consistent appeal to the world bodies, especially the United Nations and European Union, to press the Chinese government to stop undermining religion, culture, human rights, environment, and force nomads to resettle in Tibet. It stressed the need to establish offices of Tibet and Tibet Support Groups in countries which do not have these.

It called for an urgent need to send an international fact-finding mission to Tibet to investigate the ground situation in Tibet.

It emphasised the need to strengthen the use of different languages, particularly English and Chinese, in the Central Tibetan Administration’s media channels to greater attract international attention on the issue of Tibet.

The meeting resolved to urge the European Union to appoint a special co-ordinator for Tibetan issue.

It stressed the need to strengthen relations with the Indian leadership and foster deeper ties between the Tibetan and Indian community through cultural exchanges.

It resolved that the CTA should build ties with educational institutions and Buddhist learning centres in Taiwan and South East Asian countries to create more awareness on the issue of Tibet among visiting Chinese scholars, students and tourists.

It stressed that the need to seek attention and support from the Middle East Asian countries like Jordan.

In his concluding remarks, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay said the special meeting sends a strong message to the Chinese government that Tibetans on both sides of the himalaya are united and its repressive rule in Tibet is untenable. He said responsibility for the problem of lies with the Chinese government, and it also has the solution to resolve it through dialogue with the Tibetan leadership.

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