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Former TAR Official Endorses future Tibetan Prime Minister

January 10, 2011

Saturday, 08 January 2011 16:00 Tsering Passang, London, 8th January 2010

London: As the Tibetan general election fever is on the full swing,
despite the chilling British wintry weather, members of the Tibetan
Community in Britain attended the public meeting with Kasur Tenzin
Namgyal Tethong, a leading prime minister candidate from the US, on
Thursday 6th January at The October Gallery in central London.

The public discussion with Kalon Tripa (Prime minister) was webcasted
Live and received online questions from Tibetans in Minnesota, Indiana,
Paris and Hunsur. To watch this full video, please visit:
http://www.londonney.com/Election2011.html

This public meeting, organised by the LondonNey Tibetan Productions and
the Tibetan Youth UK, is aimed at providing an independent platform for
the Tibetan electorates in the UK to interact with the Kalon Tripa
candidates. The organisers thanked The October Gallery for their support
in making this event possible.

The interactive session, which lasted just over two-hours, provided the
much needed public discussion forum for the Tibetan electorates with one
of the leading Candidates for the Prime Minister's post. A wide-range of
topics was covered with the enthusiastic audience.

During the course of the discussion, the public learned in depth
Tethong's early years of public service in the Tibetan Government in
Exile, his foreign mission roles in New York as His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's Representative and later in Washington as the Special
Representative. The audience also became aware of Tethong's ongoing
service to Tibet by promoting the works and ideals of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama through The Dalai Lama Foundation and general Tibetan cause
through one of his early initiatives - The US Committee of 100 for Tibet.

Tethong, who is regarded as the soft-spoke Tibetan gentleman, showed his
readiness to lead the Tibetan struggle, if he is elected the next Kalon
Tripa. During his dedicated public service in the Tibetan Government in
Exile for nearly thirty-years, Tethong had served in various capacities
including as a Kalon and as the Kalon Tripa from 1990 to 1995. The
potential future Prime Minister said, "I've always dedicated myself to
the service of the Tibetan cause under the leadership of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama. I've the confidence to serve as the next Kalon Tripa
based on the past contributions that I made through numerous pro-active
initiatives, which has brought a decent amount of benefits to our
society." Tethong also re-emphasised that the Kalon Tripa job is not an
easy one, especially considering the current situation of Tibet in the
geopolitical world, and added, "Without some kind of real leadership
experience, I'm not sure how one can effectively perform the Kalon Tripa
duties. This is not a position where one can gain experience."

The former Kalon Tripa said that the principal cause and his top
priority is the reclamation of Tibetan Nation and revival of the real
freedom for the Tibetan people both inside Tibet and as well as those in
exile.

When asked if he would make any attempts to change the current course of
?Middle-Way" Policy towards resolution of the Tibetan political struggle
and adopt a new direction, Tethong replied, "The next Kalon Tripa cannot
change the current course and formulate any new policy straightaway as
we have our own democratic process but the elected person can certainly
play a very important role by exploring any other possibilities and make
related suggestions or findings to the Tibetan Parliament and His
Holiness the Dalai Lama."

Amongst the audience were three London-based current and former
Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a defected senior
Tibetan official from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). At the end of
the Q&A session, the former TAR government official expressed his full
support and trust in the Kalon Tripa candidate, whilst recalling his
days in Lhasa as an official in 1980, when Kasur Tenzin Namgyal Tethong,
then Representative in New York, headed the Second-Fact Finding
Delegation to Tibet. The emotional elderly gentleman said that Tibetans
in Tibet then saw a real leadership in Tethong, and he and other fellow
Tibetans back in Tibet really hope that Tethong would fulfil the wishes
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the wider Tibetan cause in finding a
lasting political resolution to the Sino-Tibetan issue.

Following the discussion and light refreshments, Friends of Tenzin
Namgyal Tethong United Kingdom hosted a dinner in his honour. Thupten
Tenzin, who hosted the dinner in an Indian restaurant, expressed his
appreciation on behalf of the Tibetans and supporters of Tenzin Namgyal
Tethong in the UK, for his selfless community service over the past
forty years for Tibet and Tibetan people, and for his latest
determination to serve once more in the Tibetan Government in Exile as
the next Kalon Tripa.
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