DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and Dr Arno Kompatscher, President of South Tyroll, an autonomous region in northern Italy, held a joint press conference today at DIIR’s Lhakpa Tsering memorial Hall.
At the press conference, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay expressed the Central Tibetan Administration’s heartfelt gratitude to South Tyroll for its continued support on the Tibet issue and for providing financial aid as well as intellectual and administrative guidance to the Tibetan administration and its staff.
“It’s a great privilege and honour for us to have a person of your stature at this year’s annual commemoration. The fact that you are here will send a meaningful and powerful message of hope to Tibetans inside Tibet who continue to suffer untold injustices under the Chinese government,” he said.
“The genuine autonomy enjoyed by South Tyroll is an example for autonomy that the Central Tibetan Administration aims to achieve for Tibet,” he added.
Dr Arno Kompatcher, expressed his privilege at being able to come to Dharamshala to attend the official Tibetan National Uprising Day function. He said that his visit to Dharamshala is the fulfillment of a promise he made to Sikyong during their meeting in 2014 in South Tyroll.
He further explained the autonomous administrative structure of South Tyroll and said that it could serve as an example of genuine autonomy to other marginalised communities around the world including the Tibetan people. At the same time, he clarified that their autonomy couldn’t be called a ‘model for everyone’ as situations may differ. Dr Arno Kompatscher, however, said that genuine autonomy for Tibet is possible and he hopes it will be realised soon.
Dr Arno Kompatscher is the chief guest at the official function to commemorate 58th Tibetan National Uprising day at Tsuglagkhang tomorrow on 10 March.