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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Representative Thubten Samdup la Speaks on Tibet at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland

October 18, 2010

The Office of Tibet, London
October 15, 2010

Mr Thubten Samdup, Representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, gave a talk in Aberdeen, Scotland,

on ‘Conflict Resolution: the Tibetan Solution’ on
Wednesday 13th October 2010. The event was hosted jointly by Tibet

Support Group Grampian based in Aberdeen and the
University of Aberdeen Politics and International
Relations Society. The Tibet Support Group
Grampian was formed in 1993 when His Holiness was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.


The subject was based on the Memorandum for
Genuine Autonomy for Tibet drawn up by the
Central Tibetan Administration which proposes a
Middle Way between complete subjection and full
independence and is seen as a possible way out of
many conflicts though-out the world. As such, it
was thought to be particularly relevant to
students undertaking a degree in politics and
international relations, especially in the
Scottish context, where a thriving Scottish
Parliament at Edinburgh maintains extensive
autonomous powers within the wider United
Kingdom. The idea had, in fact, been initiated
during a meeting at the Scottish Parliament Cross
Party Group for Tibet earlier this year.

The talk proved extremely popular with over 100
people filling the lecture hall, mostly students.
The large turn out spoke to the continuing
importance of the Tibet issue on the world stage.
Mr. Samdup spoke at length regarding His Holiness the

Dalai Lama’s work in negotiating a peaceful
settlement of the Tibet issue with the Chinese
Government, and the importance of a speedy
resolution during the lifetime of His Holiness.
The following day in depth discussions were held
between the Representative and Tibet Support Group Grampian members.


This was a much valued visit to Aberdeen from the
Representative of His Holiness which owed much of
its success to the decision to hold it jointly
between the University and the local Tibet
support group. Particular thanks go to the School
of Social Science, who helped fund the talk and
the Politics and International Relations Society
for publicising the talk amongst the student body.

Report submitted by Tibet Support Group Grampian
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