Sikyong Honoured at French Senate


April 18, 2013 8:19 am

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay (5th L) during a reception hosted by a group French Senators at the Senate in Paris, France, on 17 April 2013

PARIS: French senators yesterday received Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically-elected leader of Tibetans and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, at the Senate to honour of his visit to the country.

At the Senate, the President of the Tibet Group Senator Jean Francois Humbert and other six senators, who are also members of Tibet group received the Sikyong at a dinner reception in honour of the visiting Tibetan political leader, along with Special Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Europe Mr Kelsang Gyaltsen.

Senator Jean Francois Humbert welcomed Sikyong to the Senate and expressed his happiness in receiving him as a representative of entire Tibetan people. The President of the Tibet Group in Senate also informed the Sikyong about the group’s recent work vis a vis Tibet, particularly about Senate Tibet Group’s initiative in successfully adopting a resolution in favour of Tibet in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the European Committee.

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay reciprocated by thanking the Senators for sparing time from their busy schedules at such a late hour of the day and underlined the significance of this encounter as French people’s belief and faith in the fundamental principles of liberty, equality and brotherhood. He said that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has invested for decades in the principles of non-violence and democracy and it is upto the free world, including France, to live up to their fundamental principles and values by supporting the just cause of Tibet.

Sikyong concluded his deliberation underscoring two important points. Firstly, he reiterated CTA’s consistent position of discouraging any kind of drastic actions, including self-immolations while fully supporting the aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet and those of self-immolators, which he said was return of His Holiness the Dalai to Tibet and freedom in Tibet. Secondly, the principled position of the CTA to finding a mutually beneficial solution to the Tibet issue through the middle way approach of not seeking separation but genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people as enshrined in the constitution of People’s Republic of China.

He also answered to the many questions posed by the Senators on the issue of Tibet.

Sikyong will address the Tibetan community members tomorrow and also meet with the members of the Tibet Group in the National Assembly, the French lower house.

Sikyong was accorded a grand traditional welcome by the members of the Tibetan community on his arrival in Paris earlier in the day. Hundreds of Tibetans came to the Gare du Nord railway station in traditional dresses to welcome him.

Members of the Tibetan community welcome Sikyong on his arrival in Paris on 17 April 2013