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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Dalai Lama Addresses Tibetan National General Meeting

September 2, 2010

Northern Voices (India)
September 1, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai lama
yesterday addressed the delegates of the first
National General Meeting, underlining the need
for unity and a robust democratic administration
in exile to keep alive the hopes and aspirations
of Tibetans living inside Tibet.

Speaking on the closing day of the 6-day meeting,
His Holiness emphasised that unity has to be
developed through trust and transparency between
the administration and public which in turn will strengthen our efforts.

His Holiness expressed his appreciation of the
meeting and called for more frequent and
interactive meetings between the administration and general public.

The meeting also passed a unanimous resolution
entreating His Holiness the Dalai Lama not to
retire from leading the Tibetan struggle.
Responding to the appeal, His Holiness said the
democratically elected leadership of Tibetans in
exile must be able to take full responsibility in
leading the quest of Tibet in his absence.

Speaking on the efforts in resolving the issue of
Tibet through the Middle-Way Approach, His
Holiness said the policy is strongly supported by
the international community, including the US
government, EU Parliament and government of
India. With a strong commitment to a mutually
beneficial solution for both China and Tibet, I
feel very confident to express our approach when
meeting with the Chinese people, he added.

Acting Kalon Tripa Tsering Phuntsok conveyed the
real aspiration of the Tibetan people appealing
His Holiness the Dalai Lama not to abdicate from
leading them, and use his wisdom to decide the
course of action on Tibet in accordance with the
changing political situation in China and the world at large.

His Holiness also spoke about the need to make
progress in education, to strengthen the
preservation of Tibet’s culture and to maintain
the moral behaviour of the Tibetan people.

The speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile,
Mr Penpa Tsering read out a 32-page final
recommendation to strengthen democracy,
sustenance of settlements, finance, education,
health, awareness of political affairs and publicity of Tibetan issue.

He said the Kashag and the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile will make utmost efforts to
implement the recommendations of the national
general meeting even though they are yet to become laws.

The Kashag called for cooperation of the Tibetan
Parliament, intellectuals, non-governmental
organisations and the community in its efforts to
implement those recommendations which are
feasible. The Kashag said it will make best
efforts to strengthen the sustenance of
settlements, education, health, finance, advocacy
of Tibetan issue and raising the general public’s
awareness of political affairs.
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