By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 2: The President of the exile Tibetan government Penpa Tsering made a strongly worded statement on the occasion of the 61st ‘Tibetan Democracy day’ to urge stakeholders to resolve the ongoing parliamentary crisis.
“We would like to stress that it is high time that the concerned people should seriously weigh the advantages and disadvantages if the situation lingers on, and make no mistake in their consideration by taking responsibility in the highest interest of our cause.
“If the impasse drags on due to their intransigence, it will only lead to the collapse of Tibetan administration. Neither will any Tibetan like to see such a result, nor will it benefit any Tibetan,” the Sikyong said in the Kashag’s (Cabinet) statement.
The head of the Tibetan polity said the Kashag is “ready and firmly committed” to work within the means of the Charter to work with the parliament for the greater cause of Tibet and welfare of the Tibetan people.
The president also said that despite the administrative blockages, the Kashag has been carrying out its administrative works without any negligence in contrast to the parliament, which is unable to carry out its legislative functions including planning activities and campaigns in accordance with the changing situation in China and the international community.
Tsering also laid out negative impacts of the incident, “The Kashag has been informed of several instances of the Chinese government exploiting this issue to spread falsehood inside Tibet, create division in the exile Tibetan community and misuse it at the international platforms. It has created great concern and apprehension among the governments, parliaments and Tibet supporters who genuinely support us.
“Tibetans inside Tibet said they would stop their activities for the Tibetan cause if the problem is not resolved immediately.”
The parliamentary deadlock that began early June is in its 11th week with no end in sight as both sides have displayed no genuine will for talks. Grassroots appeal and public outcry has failed to budge the impasse.