Paris, 1 February: Tibet Group in the French Senate held its first meeting of the year yesterday at the Senate, with participation of five senators and the Tibetan officials from the Bureau du Tibet, Paris.
The meeting was a follow up to the last meeting held in September 2016, since Mr Tashi Phuntsok took over as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Office of Tibet, Brussels, with the aim to strengthen various Tibet support groups, enhance and expand their activities at different levels and platforms within countries under its jurisdiction and outside.
Members of the Tibet Group in the Senate including Senator Michel Raison, the President of the Tibet Group, Senator Andre Gattolin, Senator Mme. Annick Billon, Senator Mme. Elisabeth Lamure, and Senator Michel Amiel attended the meeting.
Representative Tashi Phuntsok thanked the senators for their presence and their continued support. He urged them to enhance Tibet related activities in the coming years.
Representative Tashi informed about the various activities that the Office of Tibet, Brussels have been able to initiate in the European Parliament in the last few months, and requested that similar activities be initiated in the French Senate as well.
He particularly referred to the EP resolution on Larung Gar Buddhist Institute passed in December 2016 and urged the Senate Tibet Group to see the possibility of initiating a similar resolution in the French upper house.
Senator Michel Raison expressed his happiness in welcoming the Representative again to the Senate and referred to the two written questions he had tabled in the Senate on the issue of Tibet in the last three months, one concerning the grave situation at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute.
Senator Andre Gattolin, who is also the Vice President of the Tibet Group said the group is committed to do its utmost inspite of enormous difficulties. He encouraged to forge inter-parliamentary exchanges between different parliamentary groups around the world to forward and expand the Tibet related activities.
In a bid to further sensitise the issue of Tibet among the elected representatives and the people of France, a four-member delegation of Tibet Group will visit Dharamshala soon to visit Tibetan establishment and Tibetan life in diaspora.
-Report filed by Bureau du Tibet, Paris-