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His Holiness Calls for Emergency General Meeting on Tibet (Tibetnet)

September 15, 2008 is the official website of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Friday, 12 September 2008,

Dharamshala: In a letter issued from the office of His Holiness the 
Dalai Lama, His Holiness has called on the speaker and deputy speaker 
of the Tibetan Parliament, and the Kashag, to convene an emergency 
general meeting to discuss the fundamental issues of Tibet.

His Holiness said considering the recent crisis inside Tibet and the 
situation in the world in general, the emergency general meeting would 
be held under the article 59 of the Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile.

His Holiness said the meeting would be held in November and December 
this year.

The composition of the representatives for the meeting shall include 
the members of the Tibetan Parliament and others appointed on its 
behalf; the Kashag shall jointly decide, in consultation with the 
Tibetan Parliament or the Standing Committee of the Parliament.

After reading out the letter, Speaker Karma Chophel said since the 
Parliament is in session, a draft proposal will be formulated and 
tabled in the house for discussion on Monday.

Emergency General Meeting - Article 59. (1) If an opinion necessitates 
polling of the general Tibetan public in respect to an emergency or 
any significant public issues, His Holiness the Dalai Lama may either 
promulgate an ordinance, or an Emergency General Meeting may be 
summoned by the joint proposal of the Kashag and the Speaker and the 
Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Assembly with the consent of His 
Holiness the Dalai Lama.

(2) The composition of the representatives for such a meeting shall 
include the members of the Tibetan Assembly and others appointed in 
this behalf; the Kashag shall jointly decide, in consultation with the 
Tibetan Assembly or the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Assembly, 
the agenda, time, and venue of its occurrence.

(3) Once the agenda of the Emergency General Meeting, the number and 
composition of representatives, and time and venue are decided, the 
Office of Secretary General of the Tibetan Assembly shall issue 
notification within 45 days prior to the day of such a meeting.
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