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DIIR Welcomes Tenzin P Atisha as Secretary for International Relations

February 8, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 5, 2010

Dharamshala -- The Department of Information and
International Relations today extended hearty
welcome to its new Secretary, Mr Tenzin Phuntsok
Atisha, who earlier worked prominently as the
representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
Taiwan and Australia, and visited Tibet and China
as part of official delegations of the administration in 1985 and 2010.

After joining the Tibetan civil service in 1982,
Mr. Tenzin P Atisha took leading responsibility
in highlighting the significance of Tibet's
environment situation in the nternational arena.

He was part of the fourth Tibetan fact-finding
delegation led by Woeser Gyaltsen Kundeling, that
visited Beijing and Tibet in June 1985. The
delegation spent most of their time in meeting
Tibetans in Amdo, north-eastern Tibet. They met
senior officials of the CPC's United Front Work
Department. During the visit, the delegates got
the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama with the late 10th
Panchen Lama and Baba Phuntsok Wangyal in Beijing.

He accompanied the then Secretary of the
Department of Information and International, Mr
Tempa Tsering, to attend the Rio Earth Summit at
the United Nations in 1992, and submitted the
first-ever comprehensive report on Tibet's
environment. He contributed a great deal to the
issue of Tibet by participating in many
international conferences to put spotlight on the
detrimental impacts of China's development projects on Tibet's environment.

Secretary Thubten Samphel expressed hope that Mr
Tenzin P Atisha's "expertise and rich experience
gained during his service will help the
department in improving and strengthening the standard of work".

Welcoming the new secretary, Kalon Kesang Yangkyi
Takla reminded the staff members of the
"political exigencies inside Tibet, and urged the
staff members to "put collective efforts towards
fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people".

Secretary Tenzin P Atisha told the staff members
to "enhance their awareness and knowledge on
every aspect of the Tibetan issue". Recounting
the fourth Tibetan fact-finding mission to Tibet
in 1985, he said clear understanding and
knowledge about Tibet's issue helped him in
refuting a claim made by a senior official of
China's United Front Work Department as that of
Tibet being historically a part of China.
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