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U.S. Tibet Coordinator visits Tibetan settlement in south India

February 11, 2011

ICT press release, February 9, 2011

Under Secretary of State Maria Otero, who serves concurrently as U.S.
Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, visited the Tibetan refugee
settlement in Bylakuppe in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on
February 8 and 9, 2011.Her visit to the largest Tibetan settlement in
India is the first by a Tibet Coordinator, the top U.S. official who
oversees Tibet policy.On arrival in South India, Under Secretary Otero
was received by officials of the Central Tibetan Administration and Lodi
Gyari, the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. ICT Director
for Government Relations, Todd Stein, is traveling in tandem with the
delegation.

As part of her Tibetan issues portfolio, mandated by the Tibetan Policy
Act, Under Secretary Otero oversees U.S. programs for Tibetans,
including the U.S. humanitarian assistance grant that supports Tibetan
refugees as they arrive from Tibet and helps address educational and
health needs in the Tibetan refugee population.The Tibet office in the
State Department also has oversight of $2 million approved by the U.S.
Congress to help revitalize the Tibetan refugee settlements.To this end,
on February 1, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced
it was seeking proposals for projects on organic agriculture and
workforce development in the Tibetan settlements.

This U.S. financial support comes as the Central Tibetan Administration
(CTA) seeks to implement its plan to revitalize the Tibetan refugee
settlements in India and Nepal, some of which are a half century old,
with improved infrastructure and new economic opportunities.Under
Secretary Otero was briefed by CTA and local settlement officials on the
plan and the challenges facing the Tibetan refugee population in South
Asia.

"Under Secretary Otero expressed the continued strong support of
President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the U.S. Government for the
welfare of Tibetans and the viability of their communities as they
endeavor topreserve their distinct identity during the time of exile in
India," said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at the
International Campaign for Tibet in Bylakuppe.

Under Secretary Otero was hosted at the Sera Monastic University and
toured Tibetan commercial enterprises, ahospital, and an organic farming
center to assess the needs of the settlement and its residents. She was
able to hear directly from a broad spectrum of Tibetan community members.

Under Secretary Otero's visit to Bylakuppe is part of a visit to South
Asia that includes Nepal, where she will review the specific challenges
faced by Tibetans there.The official announcement of her trip can be
found at
http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/tibet-news/us-government-statements-regarding-us-special-coordinator-tibetan-issues-visit-india.

Press contact:
Todd Stein
Director of Government Relations, International Campaign for Tibet
Email: todd.stein@ictibet.org
Tel: +1 202-731-3155
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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