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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Kalon Tripa says committed to reflect Tibetan people's opinion on Tibet's future

November 21, 2008

Central Tibetan Authority
November 18, 2008

Around 581 delegates representing official and non-governmental
organisations as well as Tibetan people from the Tibetan community
across the world gather to discuss a way forward on the future of Tibet.

Dharamshala -- Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche on Tuesday said
the Central Tibetan Administration is "sincerely committed to a
genuine democratic system in reflecting the Tibetan people's opinion
on the future of Tibet".

Kalon Tripa met with a group of reporters and documentary filmmakers
at his office who have gathered in Dharamsala to cover the historic
special meeting on Tibet.

Speaking on the special meeting on Tibet currently under way in
Dharamsala, Kalon Tripa said the atmosphere is powerful and
emotionally charged as delegates are having open discussions on a
wide range of matters, particularly concentrating their focus on
fundamental issues of Tibet.

Some 581 representatives from the official and non-governmental
organizations from the Tibetan community around the world have
gathered for a landmark meeting to deliberate on determining future
course of action on Tibet. The meeting has begun on Monday, 17
November and go on till 22 November.

Kalon Tripa said the delegates have mixed feeling of hopes and
frustrations in finding a best way forward to resolve the issue of
Tibet and over the lack of positive response from Chinese leadership
and increased repressive policies being carried out in Tibet.

He said the recommendations made during the special meeting would be
submitted to the Tibetan parliament, which has the supreme authority
to make a final decision.

"We are sincerely committed to a genuine democratic system to reflect
public opinion," Kalon Tripa added.

Responding to a question on the present situation in Tibet, Kalon
Tripa expressed concern that people are living under constant fear as
heavy repressive measures continue to prevail in Tibet. He referred
to reports by Australian journalist who visited Tibet that the
Chinese government has imposed a heavy armed security around Tibet's
capital Lhasa.

He said he is awaiting reports from the Norwegian Parliamentary
delegations over their visit to different parts of Tibet from 9-17 November.

Answering a question on opinions collected from the Tibetan people in
Tibet, Kalon Tripa said 99 per cent of Tibetan people in Tibet,
including communist party cadres and government officials, have
unshakable faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On the future contacts with the Chinese government, Kalon Tripa said
we are always open to continue the dialogue process with the Chinese
leadership and bear no intentions to block it.

The ball is now in China's court to reciprocate to the memorandum on
the 'genuine autonomy for Tibet' that we have submitted to them, Kalon added.
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