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Dalai Lama not to retire from leading Tibetan struggle

September 3, 2010

Orrisa Diary
Dalai Lama not to retire from leading Tibetan struggle

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai lama today addressed the
delegates of the first National General Meeting, underlining the need
for unity and a robust democratic administration in exile to keep
alive the hopes and aspirations of Tibetans living inside Tibet.

Speaking on the closing day of the 6-day meeting, His Holiness
emphasised that unity has to be developed through trust and
transparency between the administration and public which in turn will
strengthen our efforts.

His Holiness expressed his appreciation of the meeting and called for
more frequent and interactive meetings between the administration and
general public.

The meeting also passed a unanimous resolution entreating His
Holiness the Dalai Lama not to retire from leading the Tibetan
struggle. Responding to the appeal, His Holiness said the
democratically elected leadership of Tibetans in exile must be able
to take full responsibility in leading the quest of Tibet in his absence.

Speaking on the efforts in resolving the issue of Tibet through the
Middle-Way Approach, His Holiness said the policy is strongly
supported by the international community, including the US
government, EU Parliament and government of India. With a strong
commitment to a mutually beneficial solution for both China and
Tibet, I feel very confident to express our approach when meeting
with the Chinese people, he added.

Acting Kalon Tripa Tsering Phuntsok conveyed the real aspiration of
the Tibetan people appealing His Holiness the Dalai Lama not to
abdicate from leading them, and use his wisdom to decide the course
of action on Tibet in accordance with the changing political
situation in China and the world at large.

His Holiness also spoke about the need to make progress in education,
to strengthen the preservation of Tibet's culture and to maintain the
moral behaviour of the Tibetan people.

The speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering read
out a 32-page final recommendation to strengthen democracy,
sustenance of settlements, finance, education, health, awareness of
political affairs and publicity of Tibetan issue.

He said the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile will make
utmost efforts to implement the recommendations of the national
general meeting even though they are yet to become laws.

The Kashag called for cooperation of the Tibetan Parliament,
intellectuals, non-governmental organisations and the community in
its efforts to implement those recommendations which are feasible.
The Kashag said it will make best efforts to strengthen the
sustenance of settlements, education, health, finance, advocacy of
Tibetan issue and raising the general public's awareness of political affairs.
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