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Second ETC to meet in France, "Chithue Initiative" program launched

August 9, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
Phayul
August 7, 2010

Dharamsala, August 7 - The European Tibetan
Congress (ETC) is scheduled to meet in Paris,
France for its second meeting from Oct 15 to 17 this year.

The Tibetan community of France will host the
second ETC meet, expecting to gather the largest
number of Tibetan community leaders from Europe
by inviting 10 official delegates from each
European country and welcoming interested
participants. Prominent western and Tibetan
speakers will also attend the summit.

The 2nd ETC Organizing Committee consists of
Tibetan Community of Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Spain.

Ten countries have confirmed their attendance
(Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland,
Italy,Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland)

The meeting is set to embark on a ‘European
Chithue Initiative’ to "engage in a pre-election
search for eligible candidates for the upcoming
Tibetan Parliamentary elections" in October and March.

The last General Elections in 2006 witnessed 36
percent of the registered voters and 800 Tibetans
out of 2224 registered voters decided on the two MPs from Europe.

"This is very disheartening. A democracy is only
as strong as the people who participate in the
process. While we expect the Central Tibetan
Administration to find a solution to one of the
hardest problems, we also need to put in effort
from our part as individual Tibetans," said
Thupten Gyatso, President of Tibetan Community of
France and Chairperson of the 2nd ETC Organizing Committee.

The Europe which is a home to increasing Tibetan
refugees and settlers can elect two
representatives in the Parliament in exile, based in Dharamsala, India.

ETC believes its initiative will help improve
participation from Tibetans residing in the
continent in choosing their candidates.

‘The role of the next parliamentary
representatives from Europe is of tremendous
importance as the number of Tibetans living in
Europe is on the rise today and I believe that it
is important that individuals committed to the
Tibetan issue combined with a good understanding
of the European system represent Tibetans living in Europe," said Mr Gyatso.

The ‘European Chithue Intiative’ is another
endeavour aimed at generating more awareness and
participation from the Tibetans in the upcoming
elections in succession to the ‘Kalon Tripa
Initiative’ launched by Mr Thupten Samdrup, which ETC said inspired it.

The European Tibetan Congress first met in in
Basel, Switzerland in 2008 with over 125 Tibetan
delegates from 14 European countries. ETC says it
aims to strengthen the capabilities of the
Tibetan communities in Europe and improve Tibetan
democracy by facilitating discussion on Kalon
Tripa and European Chitue candidates.
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