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Dalai Lama's new representative in Australia takes charge

November 9, 2009

Tibetan Review
November 6, 2009

The Dalai Lama’s new representative in Australia,
Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo, was given a welcome
reception by MPs and Senators from all major
political parties inside Parliament House on Oct
27, reported the exile Tibetan government on its
Web site Nov 3. It was also a farewell occasion
for Mr Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha, the representative in Canberra since 2003.

Members of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary
Group for Tibet used the occasion to reaffirm
their commitment to work for the Tibet issue in
cooperation with the new representative.

The new representative joined officials of the
Australia Tibet Council to brief members of an
upcoming Australian parliamentary delegation to
China and Tibet over two days. The first
Australian parliamentary delegation to visit
Tibet since 1991 will spend two days in Lhasa.

Dagpo and Atisha also travelled to Sydney and met
with the Tibetan and Chinese communities as well
as the local Tibet support groups there. The two
also met with around 30 Chinese democracy
activists, including Chin Jin of the Federation
for a Democratic China, over dinner and discussed
opportunities for furthering cooperation between
the Tibetan and Chinese Communities in Australia.

Apart from meeting with members of Tibet support
groups in the country--such as Australia Tibet
Council, Tibetan Friendship Group, Australian
Tibetan Society and Freedom4Tibet—the two also
met with members of the Tibetan community. Sydney
has the largest Tibetan community with 450 people
at Dee Why on the north shore. Melbourne has the second largest.

Dagpo was previously the Secretary for
International Relations at the Department of
Information and International Relations,
Dharamsala, is a member of the Task Force on
negotiation with China and has been a member of
talks with the Chinese government since 2002. Mr
Atisha returns to Dharamsala to takes up Mr Dagpo’s post.
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