Published By Jamphel Shonu

Officiating President Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok of Department of Religion and Culture. Photo/ Tenzin Jigme /DIIR

DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, the officiating President of the Central Tibetan Administration today cited Kashag’s reasons to replace the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in North America based in Washington DC.

“Following requests from Media for need for clarification on this matter, and some speculations in the public domain about the change of North America Representative based in Washington DC, I would like to underline some key points in connection with the issue that will hopefully shed some light on the development,” he said, during a brief interaction with the press held at his official chambers in the Department of Religion and Culture.

“The Kashag has expressed its dissatisfaction with the way the current Representative has conducted his responsibility since assumption of office. In fact, in July this year, the Kashag has sent the last advisory mentioning the need for improvements in the ways and manners of his service and performance,” he said.

“Till date, the Kashag has sent three advisories. The first two advisories were sent through the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) under which all the Offices of Tibet operates. So, it is not through one letter that communicated Kashag’s dissatisfaction to the Representative,” he added. He further added that as per the practice the details of the three advisories would not be disclosed today.

“The Office of Tibet based in Washington DC is one of the most important offices of the Central Tibetan Administration and consequently, the Representative heading that office must adhere to the rules of the right conduct and meet our expectations and trust” he said.

Kalon further added that based on above facts, the Kashag held successive discussions regarding the matter and considering the importance of the office in Washington DC, the Kashag unanimously decided to replace the Representative based in Washington DC.

“Finally, like his appointment as the Representative in August last year, this time also we followed exactly the same norms and procedure to replace him as per the provisions of the Tibetan Charter including Chapter 1 Article 1(3),” said Kalon Yuthok.

“While we recognise his role as the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and appointed him with high expectations and placed great trust in him but in this role as the representative, unfortunately it was not viable. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” he said.

Responding to a question regarding the possible lapses at the Department of Education following the appointment of incumbent Kalon as NA Representative, Kalon Yuthok assured that the Kashag has taken concrete measures to ensure the smooth functioning of the Department of Education and that there is no room for worry.

“The decision to appoint Kalon Ngodup Tsering as the new Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to North America is final. We have full confidence that our colleague Kalon Ngodup will perform to the best of his abilities. So we want to wish him all the best in this important undertaking and ask Tibetans in North America to fully cooperate and support him in his efforts to work for the cause of Tibet and the Tibetan people,” Kalon concluded.

Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok at the press briefing.

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