COPENHAGEN: In the morning of 25 November, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay was received at Copenhagen Airport by one of the airport staff, Ms Eva, who studies Tibetan. She went to the airplane to meet him, Representative Thubten Samdup and Jigmey Namgyal and after presenting the Kalon Tripa with a khatak accompanied them through the airport where the delegation was also received by representatives from the Tibetan Community in Denmark and The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark.
Kalon Tripa’s first engagement for the day was with organisations that fund educational projects of the Central Tibetan Administration. Officials from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also participated in this meeting.
At the conclusion of this meeting, Kalon Tripa and his delegation travelled the short distance to the Danish Parliament for a meeting with four Parliamentarians who are members of either the Foreign Policy Committee or the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Kalon Tripa informed the Parliamentarians about the democratic system of the Central Tibetan Administration and also briefed them about the of self-immolation cases in Tibet. Kalon Tripa informed the Parliamentarians that the problem of Tibet will not disappear. Tibetans will keep standing up for their rights.
Ms Sara Olsvig, a member of Parliament from the Inuit Ataqatigiit party in Greenland, expressed concern about the news she had read about Tibet recently. Greenland has had good experiences with self-government and they always try to communicate this internationally. She said that “we want to lend our support to Tibet”.
Following the meeting with the Parliamentarians, Kalon Tripa gave separate interviews to the Danish Broadcasting radio current affairs programme Orientering and Politiken, one of the main Danish daily newspapers.
Kalon Tripa’s penultimate appointment of the day was a meeting with the board and members of the Danish Tibet Support Committee. The Danish participants then discussed how they could work for government statements regarding the self-immolations in Tibet. Kalon Tripa emphasised the urgency of this question as a reason why he had decided to embark on his present tour of the US and Europe.
In the evening, Kalon Tripa met with the small Tibetan Community in Denmark at the home of a Tibetan family where 35 Tibetans residing in Denmark shared a dinner with him.
Kalon Tripa departs for France in the early morning of 26 November.