BASEL, Switzerland: “You must never under-estimate your power as supporters of Tibet and truth,” Kalon Dicki Chhoyang told members of the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association. She was addressing the annual general meeting of the friendship group on Saturday afternoon in Basel.
“I want to say how much we appreciate your help. People of Tibet are grateful to you,” said Kalon Dicki Chhoyang.
“We want genuine autonomy and the resolution of the Tibetan issue is in the best interest of China,” she said. “Our aim is to resolve the Tibetan issue through non-violence and dialogue with the China based on the Middle Way Policy.”
On Saturday morning, she met the local elected leaders of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. On arrival at the Tibetan Community’s office in Zurich, President Lobsang Gangshontsang and Vice-President Sampa Dhondup received Kalon Dicki Chhoyang.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang briefed the local elected leaders about the policies and recent activities of the Central Tibetan Administration. She commended the Tibetans living in Switzerland for their unwavering support.
After addressing the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association’s members in Basel, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang then travelled to Rikon to address the Tibetan community members at an event organised by the Swiss based Chol Kha Sum associations.
On Friday morning, she met with Swiss Parliamentarians, Mrs Tiana Angelina Moser, Mr Stefan Müller-Altermatt, Mr Roland Fischer and Mr Cédric Wermuth in Zurich.
Mrs Tiana Angelina Moser, Vice President of the Tibet Group and member of the Swiss Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said that there is strong public support for Tibetans in Switzerland.
In all her public addresses, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang spoke of the 104 self-immolations in Tibet since February 2009 and the brutal repression by China.
She said His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s devolution of his political authority to the directly elected political leader was a watershed in Tibetan history.
The Tibetan people in March 2011 elected Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay as their political leader. He represents the first generation of Tibetans born and grown up in exile. This generational change in leadership has sent a strong message to China that the Tibetan struggle will continue in generations to come.
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay’s election manifesto was based on the Middle Way Policy. As the Tibetan people’s directly elected political leader, his election sent a clear and strong message of Tibetan people’s support for the Middle Way Policy.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang said that the Central Tibetan Administration works for the welfare of the Tibetans and is the spokesperson for Tibetan people.