Annual Meeting of His Holiness’ Representatives Underway
Saturday, 20 September 2008, 12:12 p.m.
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:
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
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
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
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
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,
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