By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Aug. 18: Four Dharamshala based Tibetan NGOs on Wednesday said that they will cease all efforts to resolve the ongoing parliamentary deadlock after their attempts to mediate the crisis “has failed to bring any results”. The Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, National Democratic Party of Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet – India issued a three-point appeal letter a fortnight ago which they said would be presented to all stakeholders including the MPs of the 17th Tibetan Parliament, and the concerned authorities of the Central Tibetan Administration.
“As it is clear that our efforts with regards to the appeals will not bring any results, we will cease all activities to bring resolution to the ongoing parliamentary crisis from this day onwards,” TYC President Gonpo Dhondup said while speaking on the group’s behalf.
Despite queries from the members of the press over the response for their appeals from the newly elected MPs, the Kashag (Cabinet) and the Election Commission, the NGO heads refused to reveal any details.
On August 4, the NGO’s urged stakeholders to officially accept MPs from both the sides whether they have taken their oath of office from the interim speaker or in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s portrait, so that the proceedings of the new house can begin from the September session.
In addition, the NGOs also appealed for the formation of an independent committee to amend any ambiguities in the Charter, which many say is one of the key factor for the crisis. The joint statement by the groups, however, said that if the impasse is resolved, the lawmakers should then refrain from discussing any matter involving the 16th TPiE, resolution no. 39, Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, and as well as the oath taking ceremony of the new MPs and the Sikyong, so that the issue is not dragged further.
The appointment of the new Speaker of the house as well as the appointment of cabinet (Kashag) ministers has since been stalled due to the ongoing parliamentary crisis since June with seemingly no end to the stalement in sight at the moment. The deadlock has meant that the new administration headed by President Penpa Tsering is faced with many administrative challenges including budgetary constraints to run the exile Tibetan government.