OSLO: Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay’s busy one day schedule in Oslo, capital of Norway, on 24 November began with an interview for the Aftenposten, a major Norwegian newspaper.
The next appointment in the morning was a meeting with Mr Raymond Johansen, General Secretary of the Norwegian Labour Party at the party’s head office. Mr Raymond Johansen welcomed Kalon Tripa and said he was very glad to meet with him.In a meeting lasting for over one hour, Kalon Tripa briefed him on the Central Tibetan Administration and the current situation in Tibet. Mr Raymond Johansen, who visited China last year, informed the Kalon Tripa that he has been closely following the Tibet issue and will continue his support for the dialogue between the Tibetans and the Chinese government to find a negotiated settlement on the Tibetan issue.The Kalon Tripa next met with Mr Olemic Thommesen, the leader of Norwegian Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Mr Ulf Erik Knudsen, a member of the Parliamentary Group for Tibet as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee. Kalon Tripa was respectfully welcomed by the two MPs in the Parliament’s meeting hall used for receiving dignitaries. Due to the ongoing Parliamentary budget session, the many other MPs who had wanted to meet the Kalon Tripa could not attend the meeting.Mr Thommesen and Mr Kudsen informed the Kalon Tripa of Parliament’s strong support and sympathy for the Tibetan struggle and praised the non-violent path the Tibetan have taken. They assured the Kalon Tripa that they would raise Tibetan question in the parliament.Following the meeting with the Parliamentarians, Kalon Tripa was hosted for lunch by relevant officials from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over lunch, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay briefed the MFA officials on the current situation in Tibet and the changes within the CTA. Kalon Tripa also thanked the Norwegian government for their sincere support for the Tibetans.
Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay next addressed the Norwegian Tibet Committee members and thanked them for their tireless work for the Tibetan cause and requested them to continue their support.The day’s programme concluded with an address by the Kalon Tripa to the Tibetan Community in Norway and a dinner reception hosted by the Tibetan Community of Norway.In addition to the newspaper Aftenposten, Kalon Tripa also gave an interview to the NRK’s (Norwegian Broadcasting Television) Urex news programme. Kalon Tripa’s visit to Oslo coincided with the visit of Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Mr Salam Fayyad. Both Aftenposten and NRK looked at the Tibetan struggle and the Palestinian struggle jointly in their respective coverage with Aftenposten’s headline for their article being “Two Prime Ministers without countries.” The NRK interview can be viewed at: www.nrk.no/nett-tv/klipp/806758/Kalon Tripa was accompanied to all the meetings in Oslo by Mr Thubten Samdup, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ms Chundak Koren, one of the two members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from Europe.