September 28, 2017
Published By Bureau Reporter
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Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile delivering the concluding remarks of the fourth session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament on 28 September 2017.

DHARAMSHALA: The 4th session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile concluded today after nine days of deliberations and discussions on the activities of the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration, and the situation inside Tibet.

In his concluding remarks, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel expressed appreciation in the high level of discussions and participation of the parliamentarians during the proceedings.

Speaking about the situation inside Tibet, Speaker said that the current situation inside Tibet is grim but expressed optimism that changes are inevitable. Therefore, he said he remains hopeful that societal as well as political developments are on the horizon in China.

He further recalled Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s recent address in the United Nations where he called for dialogue to resolve the nuclear crisis between the US and North Korea. In that light, Speaker said that China should also consider resolving the Tibet issue based on the mutually beneficial Middle Way Approach. Expressing optimism about a breakthrough, Speaker urged the Tibetan administration to remain vigilant and make optimum utilisation of any opportunities that arise.

Speaker also applauded the determination and valor of the Tibetans inside Tibet in the face of extreme repression from the Chinese government. He urged Tibetans in exile to continue working for the resolution of the Tibet issue.

He raised concern at the degradation of Tibetan language in exile as well as in Tibet under the Chinese government’s discriminatory policies. Lauding the resolution to implement Tibetan language in all official correspondences, he said: “Tibetan language is being pushed to the fringes under the Chinese government’s unjust policies in Tibet. In exile, due to circumstances beyond our control, Tibetan language is deteriorating. Therefore, we should make extra efforts to retain the rich linguistic culture of Tibet.” At the same time, he welcomed the renewed interest in Tibetan language and culture among Tibetans residing in the west.

The 4th session of the Tibetan parliament passed five resolutions of mourning, one resolution of solidarity and a resolution to amend rules and regulation regarding the usage of Tibetan language in all official correspondence and functions of Central Tibetan Administration.

The session began on 19 September.

Sikyong and members of Kashag on final day of parliament on 28 September 2017. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Tibetan Parliamentarian going through schedule on final day of fourth session of 16th Tibetan parliament. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR


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