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6th Session of Tibetan Parliament Concludes

September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17 2008 @ 07:36 am BST
 
 tibet.net
 
Dharamshala: The sixth session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile concluded Tuesday with a strong resolve to put consistent and concerted efforts by the Tibetans in peacefully resolving the issue of Tibet.
 
After active deliberations on the future course of actions, it was greatly emphasised to maintain unity among the Tibetan people and seeking support from the international community.
 
In his concluding remarks, Speaker Karma Chophel gave an updated account of efforts initiated by the Tibetan Parliament in gathering support from the international community to bring an immediate peaceful resolution of the urgent situation inside Tibet after 10 March this year.
 
He said in order to call for the much-needed support, efforts were made to attend important international forum, including European Parliament in Brussels, United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva.
 
While speaking on the successful exchange program between the British Parliamentarians and Tibetan MPs, he said special emphasis has to be made in seeking support from the world parliamentarians.
 
Underlining the significance of the special general meeting on Tibet slated to convene in November, he said representatives attending the meeting, including settlement and welfare officers, members from the local assemblies and Bod Rawang Denpai Legul Tsokchung, must take greater responsibility in gathering the opinions of the Tibetan people.
 
The speaker lauded the Kashag's future policy on giving priority to Tibetan women's equal participation in the administrative and political work of Tibetan democratic institutions, as outlined during this year's democracy day.
 
He said in working in coordination with the Kashag, the Parliament has fulfilled the objectives of clearing the obstacle year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by completing the long life prayer services to enhance the collective merits of the Tibetan people.
 
In his brief address, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche underlined the need to focus on passing legislations concerning the welfare of the CTA officials, particularly those who are near retirement.
 
During the 8-day session, the members of the Kashag presented reports on social, economic and political activities undertaken by the concerned departments during the year 2007-08. The members of Parliament put forward opinions and suggestions for effective administrative workings of the departments.
 
Speaker Karma Chophel, who completed his stipulated tenure as the speaker with the end of the sixth session, will hand over the charge toDomey MP Penpa Tsering.
 
 
--Editing by Lobsang CHOEDAK
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