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Kasur Gyalo Thondup speaks to Tibetans in New York

May 14, 2009

RTYC, NY&NJ
May 13, 2009

New York -- RTYC New York & New Jersey organized
a public talk on May 10th by the 80-year-old
Kasur Gyalo Thondup who was on a private trip to
the United States. The second eldest brother to
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gyalo Thondup worked
for many years to advance the Dalai Lama's
efforts to begin talks with the Chinese leadership.

Giving a broad overview of his involvement, in
the period following and before his meeting with
the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979, Gyalo
Thondup spoke about his epochal role in modern
Tibet and efforts over the years to prevent a
widening rift between Beijing and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Gyalo Thondup was much involved in the critical
work of foreign affairs since 1959 after His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's escape to India. He was
also elected to the Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) and
served as its Chairman and as Minister for
Security in 1991. Since his departure from
Kashag, Gyalo Thondup maintains an active
interest in Tibet-China issues although he no
longer serves in an official capacity.

He said that he is very optimistic about the
future of Tibet. Comparing the time before and
after he further added, " the Tibetans today are
more educated and attempts to take more
responsibilities in resolving the Tibet issue
which is a very positive step forward.
Fundamentally, I believe that we should find out
a way to settle the issue between China and
ourselves through talks and dialogue."

Against China's baseless allegation of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama being a ‘Splittist’,
Gyalo Thondup said China should be called a
splittist instead since this is what they are
trying to do. His Holiness is only seeking
genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.

Gyalo Thondup also fielded questions from the
audience which comprised mostly of young
Tibetans. He expressed his pleasure for the keen
interest shown by the younger generation.

The event was later followed by a screening of a
CNN interview of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Fareed Zakaria.
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