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Special Meeting reactions
Phayul[Friday, September 28, 2012 23:52]
DHARAMSHALA, September 28: The four-day Second Special General Meeting of the Tibetan People concluded in Dharamshala today with the unanimous adoption of 31 recommendations, which will serve as an action plan for future activities in response to the critical situation inside Tibet.

432 Tibetans from 26 countries took part in the meeting held in accordance with the provisions of Article 59 of the Charter of the Tibetans in exile.

Phayul asked a few of the delegates on their initial reactions soon after the recommendations were adopted.

Kasur Tenzin Geche: “I think this kind of meeting where everybody can come and give their views and suggestions is very useful. It is also an opportunity for Tibetans to give their views regarding the establishment and for the establishment to be able to receive the suggestions and ideas that Tibetans who live away from Dharamshala have about the basic Tibetan cause.”

Kasur Rinchen Khando: “We definitely worked very hard for the last four days and everybody spoke their mind out. There is so much to do and how we are going to do all of it - that is the question in my mind. I hope something will be done.”

Tashi Wangdu, CEO, Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India Ltd.: “I think it is very important to hold such meetings and I hope that this one wasn’t too late in coming,

“Frankly speaking, although we passed all the recommendations, we have been doing these for years now.

“I hope the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament will fulfill the expectations of this conference. We have to do much more than just what we have been discussing.”

Tenzin Tsundue, Writer and activist: “The meeting discussed and planned exile responses to self immolations which in itself was response to the real crisis in Tibet. We missed the larger picture.

“Tibetan nomad and farmers being disowned of their ancestral land while millions of Chinese submerge the already dwindling Tibetan population in Tibet whose religious and political rights are curtailed and any resistant brutally crushed caused the self immolations. That is the real crisis in Tibet.

“That we should create an alliance with the people of other occupied countries like East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Chinese Democracy activists as a political tactic wasn’t included in the resolution made me feel a loss.”

Tethong Dekyi, Switzerland: “I am quite satisfied because I didn’t have high expectations from the meeting. I hoped to make network with other people and activists from all over the world.

“I exchanged quite a lot of views with others and I feel very encouraged. So, therefore for me it was a good experience. I am quite happy.”
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