Don’t Wait and Watch Change, Make It Happen: Kalon Lobsang Nyandak
Wednesday, 27 October 2005, 12:33 PM
|Kalon Tripa addressing the seminar|
Dharamshala: “Rule of Law may eventually come to pass in China, at least by the looks of sweeping changes being forced into its economic landscape. We however cannot afford to wait and watch China change. Tibetans will have to strive for a genuine autonomy in Tibet,” Kalon Lobsang Nyandak Zayul said here yesterday.
Recapitulating discussions during the two-day seminar on “China’s National Regional Autonomy Law: Theory and Practice in Tibet”, the Kalon for the Department of Finance and Information & International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration emphasized that “China needs to appreciate the aspirations of the Tibetan people. For, only under a mutually accepted arrangement, Tibet can be said to have achieved genuine autonomy.”
In his concluding remarks on the second day of the seminar broadcast live on the local cable, the Kalon reiterated that the Tibetan struggle concerns not only the so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), but the entire Tibet with all its three provinces, Do-tod, Do-med and Utsang.
“Even if issues are resolved in ‘TAR’, the issue of Tibet will continue to remain,” the Kalon warned.
|A glittering panel of speakers spoke on wide range of topics|
Earlier, during discussions on various topics, almost all in the glittering panel of speakers, including historian Tsering Shakya, Tsetan Wangchuk of Voce of America, Dr. Lobsang Sangay of Harvard University, and Dr. Nawang Phuntsog of California State University, were unanimous in appreciating the ongoing contacts between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.
While Dr. Lobsang Sangay said that the ongoing contacts will go a long way in thrashing out and dispelling the mistrust shrouding both sides, Tsetan Wangchuk said that “signing of accord is not possible after just few rounds of talks”, adding that the ongoing contacts should be judged as a gradual step-by-step process, which eventually may lead to a negotiated settlement.
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