Annual Meeting of His Holiness’ Representatives Underway

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Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche addresses the opening day of a two-day annual meeting of the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala, India, on 20 September 2008. Also seen in the picture are (L) DIIR Kalon Kesang Y Takla and (R) Kalon Tempa Tsering, representative of His Holiness in New Delhi. (Photo: Sangjey Kep/www.tibet.net)

Dharamshala: A two-day annual meeting of the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has begun Saturday morning here at Gangchen Kyishong, the seat of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Discussions on how to enhance better coordination among the offices of Tibet, and their contact with the Department of Information and International Relations, are one of the main agendas of the meeting.

Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla, kalon for the Department of Information and International Relations, welcomed the representatives and gave the opening address of the meeting.

In his address, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche said the eighth round of formal discussions between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government will focus on the implementation of national regional autonomy in Tibet as enshrined in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China.

Kalon Tripa also underlined the need to maintain “a sense of urgency” in making efforts to resolve the issue of Tibet, which he said received an unprecedented attention in countries across the world including China.


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On the special general meeting on Tibet to be held in November, he said the representatives should take special responsibility to collect opinions of Tibetans living under their respective jurisdictions.

As approved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the representatives of His Holiness are among the members attending the special meeting from 17 – 22 November in Dharamshala.

The representative offices based in 10 countries are in New Delhi, India; New York, USA; Geneva, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; London, UK; Canberra, Australia; Paris, France; Moscow, Russia; Pretoria, South Africa; and Taipei, Taiwan.

The liaison office for Latin America, New York and EU coordination office, Brussels, are two offices, which function under the Office of Tibet, New York, and Bureau du Tibet, Paris, respectively.

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen, who also looks after Tibetan affairs in the European countries, is also attending the meeting.

The representative of His Holiness in Australia could not attend the meeting due to slight illness.

Also present at the meeting are the two secretaries and concerned officials of the Department of Information and International Relations.