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Tibetans Learn Skills of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

June 25, 2008

Tibet Custom (UK)
June 23, 2008

Dharamshala -- Some twenty-three Tibetans, including staff members
from the various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration
and members of some Tibetan non-governmental organisations are being
given basic skills in conflict resolution and negotiation.

A five-day workshop on 'Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy Training'
conducted by the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) in
coordination with the Department of Information and International
Relations (DIIR), kicked off this morning at the Surya Hotel near here.

IMTD provided their first training program for 20 officials of the
Central Tibetan Administration in November 1993 in Dharamshala.

The highlight of the workshop will be a session on understanding the
Chinese in negotiations and friendship and obligation in Chinese
style negotiations.

Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, the additional secretary of the DIIR welcomed
Ambassador Mc John W Donald, the Chairman of the Institute of
Multi-Track Diplomacy and Dr Eileen Borris. In his introductory
address, Dr Rabgyal expressed his appreciation of the efforts of IMTD
in conducting such workshops, which he noted have greatly benefited Tibetans.

Ambassador Mcdonald and Dr Boris are the two resource persons who
will be interacting with the participants of the workshop, which ends
on 27 June.

Ambassador McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil
servant, development expert and peace-builder, concerned about world
social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his
career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen
years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He is currently
Chairman and co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy,
in Washington D.C., which focuses on national and inter-national
ethnic conflicts. In February 1992, he was named Distinguished
Visiting Professor at George Mason University's Institute for
Conflict Analysis and Resolution, in Fairfax, Virginia. McDonald
retired from the American foreign service in 1987.

Dr. Borris is a licensed clinical psychologist, political
psychologist and educator/trainer who is committed to the work of
peace-building, conflict resolution and reconciliation especially in
emerging democracies. Her focus is on working with ethnic and
regional groups in conflict, working in the framework of multi-track
diplomacy. A special interest area is in incorporating forgiveness
and reconciliation processes within the broader context of conflict
resolution. Dr. Borris has worked extensively in this field for over 20 years.

Established in 1992 and based in Arlington, Virginia, the mission of
the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy is to promote a systems
approach to peace building and to facilitate the transformation of
deep-rooted social conflict. The Institute is chaired by Ambassador
McDonald. It has 1237 members in 31 countries.
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