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TGM reaffirms support for MWA, urges Dalai Lama to retain leadership

September 2, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
Phayul
September 1, 2010

Bylakuppe, August 31 -- "I am 76 now. The
responsibility should be taken over in a spirit
as if I am no longer present. I will continue
working for Tibet till I die, but in a different
capacity where I will be good and most efficient
at," said the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama here Tuesday.

The Tibetan leader who arrived in the largest
Tibetan settlement yesterday was responding to a
resolution that appealed him to continue his
leadership. His Holiness was speaking to around
350 participants of the first Tibetan National
General Meeting that concluded at the Sera monastery Tuesday.

The TGM unanimously urged the Tibetan leader the
Dalai Lama not to consider retirement from his
position as the leader of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause.

"The participants of the GM unanimously appeal
Your Holiness to remain as the spiritual and
temporal leader of the Tibetan people and not to
state retirement from leading the Tibetan people
while we reaffirm our absolute faith and
allegiance to you as the supreme leader of the
Tibetan people and movement," said Mr. Penpa
Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, as he
presented the resolutions passed at the GM before His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan leader mentioned his "inevitable"
absence in due course and that he is already in
semi retirement. "One day, I will retire from all
present responsibilities in the exile government.
In our Tibetan democracy, it is not a necessity
that I should be present," said the Tibetan leader.

With his characteristic sense of humour, His
Holiness said he too was entitled to human rights being a human.

In an expression that suggested gradual transfer
of all responsibility and power to Kalon Tripa,
the Tibetan leader shared with the gathering that
while discussing over important matters with
Kalon Tripa, the latter has several times made
the final call exercising his decision making
power. He went on to suggest that important
documents of exile government should seek Kalon Tripa’s signature.

"On the issue of policy, we reinstate our support
to the Middle Way approach of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama in taking forward the Tibetan
movement” said the Speaker, who chaired the TGM.

On Middle way approach (MWA) as the policy of the
exile government, the Tibetan leader pointed out
the grave danger to the Tibetan identity,
culture, environment and religion that the
Tibetans inside Tibet are facing, calling it a critical moment.

"So, the MWA is the most practical and also
mutually beneficial to both the Tibetan and Chinese side." said the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan delegates to the meeting have put
forward a guideline to the Tibetan Parliament and
Kashag with the recommendations passed on the
various exile government policies on education,
health, economy and policy, among others.

"90% of resolutions passed in the GM were
unanimous and 10% were passed with majority. It
was carried in an open and frank atmosphere” said
Mr Pempa Tsering, calling the first Tibetan National Meeting a "success."

A traditional long life prayer offering to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama was organized by the
Tibetans at Sera Monastery earlier today.

On September 2, Tibetans will commemorate the
50th founding anniversary of Tibetan democracy,
during which the Tibetan parliament, on behalf of
the Tibetan people, will honour His Holiness the
Dalai Lama with a ‘Golden Seal’ for leading the
Tibetan freedom struggle and for establishing
democracy in Tibetan polity. Over 30 parliament
members from 14 different countries, legislators
of Karnataka and local dignitaries will also attend the event.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on September 3, is
set to visit the schools and monasteries located in the settlement.
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