Italy: The president of South Tyrol Mr.Arno Kompatscher received DIIR Kalon Norzin Dolma along with Representative Thinlay Chukki and President of the Tibetan Community Tsetan Linguini on 03 October. During the bi-laterial meeting the two exchanged a wide range of issues, in particular the situation in Tibet under China’s control.
Briefing the current situation in Tibet, Kalon Norzin Dolma expressed deep concern over Chinese hardline policies and sinicization of Tibetan culture and identity. While stressing out CCP’s authoritarian measures curtailing Tibetans’ religious freedom and interferences over centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist practice of reincarnation, Kalon Norzin Dolma urged for concerted efforts to stop China from meddling in the Tibetan religious affairs. Furthermore, Kalon sought support for projects that would further enhance the capacity of the exile Tibetan community.
President Kompatscher assured South Tyrol’s continued support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. He further noted the “unacceptable” move of China interfering in the Tibetan religious affairs, and said “no foreign agents can interfere” in the religious affairs. With regard to financial support, President Kompatscher identified the relevant partners to help in realizing the implementation of projects and assured to carry forward the communication thereon.
Kalon Norzin Dolma’s engagements in Rome, Milan and Perugia included meeting with former Senator Roberto Rampi, newly elected Member of Parliament On.Augusta Montarulli, Former members of Italy Parliamentary Group for Tibet On.Luciano Nobili, On.Antonella Incerti and On.Matteo Luigi Bianchi, Mr.Filippo Scianna, President of Union Buddhist Associations, Italy, amongst others. Kalon also had several media engagements on the sidelines.
Kalon Norzin Dolma successfully concluded engagements in Italy on 03 October, and arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on the same day.
–Report filed by the Tibet Bureau in Geneva