DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan Parliamentary delegation met senior officials of various embassies, Indian political and religious leaders in Delhi to apprise them about the suffering of Tibetans under the Chinese government’s repressive policies.
The meetings were part of Tibetan solidarity movement jointly organised by the Tibetan Parliament and the Kashag in view of tragic self-immolations by nine young Tibetans in protest against China’s wrong policies. These nine Tibetans, out of which five died, called for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.
A delegation headed by Speaker Penpa Tsering met Mr Pavel Svitil, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union and Anne Vaugier-Chatterjee, Political Affair, on 17 October.
On 18 October, they visited Stacy L Pearce, first Secretary, Isabelle Chan, Political Officer, Shrineeen Singh, Political Specialist, at the US embassy.
On 19 October, the delegation met Mr Bayaraa, Deputy Head of Mission, Mongolian embassy, and Mr Freddy Svane, Danish Ambassador and the political officer.
The delegation also met Mr Gianfranco Gallone, Counsellor at the embassy of Vatican City, Irin A. Orolbaeva, Ambassador of Kyrgyz Republic, Pekka Voutilainen, Deputy Head of Mission, Finnish embassy, and Ann Ollestad, Norwegian Ambassador on 20 October. Kasur Tempa Tsering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama representative at New Delhi Bureau, accompanied the parliamentary delegation during the visit.
Meanwhile, another Tibetan parliamentary delegation led by deputy speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel also visited senior officials and Indian leaders.
The delegation visited Taiwanese economic and culture centre and met with Mr Wenchyi Ong, Representative and Yen Yuan Chen, Senior Asst. Director on 18 October. They also met Mr Marian Tomasik, Ambassador of Slovakia; Marian Tomasik, Second Counsellor (Foreign policy) of France.
On 19 October, the Tibetan parliamentarians spoke to Mr Takeshi Osuga, Minister-Counsellor, Political Section at the embassy of Japan.
On 20 October, they met Mr Julian Evans, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Jim Nickel, Canadian Deputy High Commissioner, and Mr Philippe Welti, Swiss Ambassador.
Two parliamentarians, Mrs Dolma Tsering and Khenpo Choedak Gyatso met Swami Agnivesh, a Hindu religious leader.
The Tibetan parliamentary delegation’s meetings with the embassy officials were facilitated by the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The meetings with members of Indian Parliament and other political leaders were organised by Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, MP, Yeshi Dolma, MP and Sonam Gyaltsen, MP. The meetings with heads of religious faiths were organised by the Indo-Tibetan Co-ordination Office in New Delhi.