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"I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. It is the foundation for world peace."

Circular from Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Lodi G. Gyari

November 19, 2011

Washington, D.C. 11th November 2011

I am sending this circular concerning the changes in the Tibetan
political governance and how these affect me and my work.

As you are aware, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his far-sighted
wisdom, has undertaken yet another step in empowering the Tibetan
people by his devolution of his political authority to the elected
Tibetan leadership.  This process is now complete with the relevant
amendment of the Charter of Tibetans in Exile in May 2011, coming
into session of a newly empowered Tibetan Parliament in June 2011,
and the assumption of office by a newly empowered Kalon Tripa in
August 2011.

In 1990 His Holiness the Dalai Lama had appointed me as Special
Envoy to be based in Washington, D.C for broader international
relations. Following the enactment of the Charter of the Tibetans
in Exile in 1991 and my retirement from the civil service of the
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), I continued serving as the
Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama.  Since His Holiness was also
the head of the Central Tibetan Administration until the recent
changes, there was no conflict in my assisting in the work of the
CTA or other concerned officials and organizations.  In this
regard, I have also worked with successive heads of the Office of
Tibet in New York, whether it was taking up CTA issues with the
United States Government or other work.

With the changes in the CTA’s structure, the Kashag informed me in
May 2011 of its intention to appoint me to a position under it, as
per the amended Charter’s provisions.  I responded by reminding the
Kashag that I had retired from the CTA civil service long time back
and so the Charter provision did not apply to my position. It has
been extraordinary privilege to have the opportunity to serve the
Gaden Phodrang until the last moment of His Holiness’ direct
political leadership.

Following the recent changes in the governance system, I have
ceased any involvement with issues relating to the Central Tibetan
Administration; be it at the broader level of taking them up with
the U.S. or other governments, or minor issues like issuing letters
of introduction.  All such issues are being handled by the Office
of Tibet in New York.

This, however, does not imply that I do not have any desire to
assist in the work of the new Administration or that the new Kashag
does not have any confidence in me.  It is merely a reflection of
the part of the process of clarifying the structure under the new
system in place now. It goes without saying that I am fully
committed to extend whatever support and counsel I can offer to the
new Tibetan leadership.  I have also had the opportunity to discuss
this matter with the new Kalon Tripa, Dr. Lobsang Sangay.

I will be continuing in my present capacity as Special Envoy of H.H
the Dalai Lama for some time for the dialogue process, including in
leading our efforts in our talks with the Chinese leadership, with
Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen.  In this capacity, I will continue to be
involved with governments, other organizations and individuals to
help with the dialogue process.

The present tragic situation in Tibet and the most repressive
policies of the Chinese authorities makes one wonder if it is even
worth making any efforts for the dialogue. On the other hand the
prevailing situation confronts every sensible person that the only
way is through dialogue.

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