April 11, 2013
DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration expresses its deepest condolences at the passing away of former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher.
“With her passing away, the world has lost a great leader, a woman who lived an exemplary life to prove that there is no glass ceiling a woman with determination cannot break and thus acting as a great inspiration for humankind,” stated Sikyong in a condolence letter sent to her son, Sir Mark Thatcher.
Remembering her outright stand on Tibet in later years of her life, the letter quoted the following passage from her book, Statecraft : Strategies for a Changing World, “The Chinese claim to Tibet is dubious on historical grounds. In the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Tibet became a Chinese protectorate. However, in the nineteenth century Beijing’s control weakened until it was virtually symbolic. Between the overthrow of the Empire in 1912 and the Chinese communist invasion of 1950-51, Tibet functioned as an independent state.”
Mr Tashi Phuntsok, Secretary for Information & International Relations; +91 98165 39103
Mr Tsering Wangchuk, Press Officer, +91 9882728337, +91 8679208465