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Lech Walesa to new Prime Minister of Central Tibetan Administration

August 12, 2011

Lech Walesa
President of the Republic of Poland 1990 - 1995
Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 1983

Warsaw, 7th of August 2011

Sir
Lobsang Sangay
Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamsala - 116215
H.P., India

Dear Prime Minister,

Through the last 50 years, despite the extremely difficult position,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama tirelessly led his compatriots in exile,
on the road to democracy. His decision, to relinquish his political
power in March 2011, was an another consistent step on this road. The
Tibetan Diaspora has created basic institutions characteristic to a
system of a free state, which at its core has independence of the
legislative, executive and judiciary powers. This is all the more
admirable because Tibetans have been deprived of statehood during the
bloody pacification committed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army
in 1959 and thus they were forced to build from the basics new state
structures in exile.

My many conversations with the Dalai Lama confirm my belief, that the
Polish road to freedom and democracy, despite the unquestionable
differences, is an inspiration for Tibetans. Symbolism of the given
testimony and political efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and The
Central Tibetan Administration remind me of the times when Polish
insignia together with the Polish Government in Exile were in London.
I believe that as Poles managed in 1989, that Tibetans will manage in
the future to break the wall, which divides them from freedom.

On March 20th Tibetans scattered around the world elected, thanks to
the decision by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a new political leader -
the Prime Minister. Unfortunately their compatriots, who live in the
Peoples Republic of China, are deprived of the opportunity to vote,
what I sincerely regret. For the newly elected Prime Minister of the
Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay, I wish that you
will speak for all the Tibetan people. To accomplish this, I wish you
the consequence in the work for Sino- Tibetan dialogue and a peaceful
activity, which should win for the cause of Tibet the benevolence of
democratic world.

Sincerely yours,

Lech Walesa

CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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