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His Holiness Approves Proposal for Special Meeting on Tibet

September 30, 2008

Monday, 29 September 2008

Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has approved the proposal for
the special meeting on Tibet submitted by the Kashag and the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat said in a
circular issued on Friday, 26 September.

'The office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in a letter issued on 18
September, said, "The detail proposal was submitted to His Holiness the
Dalai Lama for his final approval. His Holiness approved the proposal
and has directed to proceed accordingly."'

"As enshrined in article 59, in clause 3, of the Charter of the Tibetans
in Exile, the programme for the special meeting has been finalized and
intimations would be send to the representatives who are attending the
meeting," the Parliamentary secretariat said.

The composition of the representatives for the meeting include members
of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE); former members of the TPiE;
members of the Kashag; former Kalons; Dharamshala-based CTA officials
above joint secretary; two members each from the rank below deputy
secretary; two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; representatives of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama; representatives of the Tibetan Settlements;
two members each from the local assemblies; one member each from Bod
Rawang Denpai Legul Tsogchung; one member each from the overseas Tibetan
Associations; two members each from the Tibetan non-governmental
organizations viz, Executive Committees of U-Tsang, Do-tod and Do-med,
Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association, National Democratic
Party of Tibet, Gu-Chu-Sum, Ngari Chithun Association, Bod Gyalyong
Chigdril Tsogpa and Bod Gyalyong Chapsi Tsondrol Tsogpa; heads of the
Tibetan schools; six representatives each from the four schools of
Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion; one representative each from
autonomous institutions viz, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts,
Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan
Studies, Varanasi, Norbulingka Institute, Manjushree Center of Tibetan
Culture, Darjeeling, Tibet House, Delhi, Head Office of the Tibetan
Children's Village, Tibetan Home's Foundation, Mussoorie, Sambhota
Tibetan Schools Society, The Central Council of Tibetan Medicine,
Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute and Delek hospital.

The chief justice commissioner and the justice commissioners, and heads
of the independent bodies of the Central Tibetan Administration would be
invited to the inaugural and final day of the meeting.

The meeting would be convened from 17 - 22 November at the Tibetan
Children's Village School in Dharamshala.

During the first four days of the meeting, ten or fifteen small
committees would be formed to deliberate on the proposal and each
committee will submit their recommendations to the general meeting on
the fifth day. Based on these recommendations, a final resolution would
be passed on the sixth day.

In a letter issued from the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 11
September, His Holiness called on Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament to
convene a special meeting on Tibet considering the urgent situation
inside Tibet and the situation in the world in general.

Accordingly, a draft proposal was tabled in the house by Kalon Tripa and
supported by the deputy speaker. The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
unanimously approved the proposal during its sixth session on 15
September and was referred to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his final
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