(TibetanReview.net, Oct04’19) –A total of 345 delegates representing all sections of exile Tibetans living in 24 countries have gathered at Dharamsala, India, beginning Oct 3, for a three-day huddle to discuss the sustenance of their national identity while seeking a solution with China on Tibet’s political future. The delegates have come from India, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Nepal, and Bhutan and are participating in the 3rd Special General Meeting of Tibetans convened by the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, said the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on its Tibet.net website Oct 3.
It said the purpose of the meeting was to enable a full-scale participation of the Tibetan civil society in the discussion and decision-making processes of the CTA under the themes of 1) Five Fifty Vision and 2) The relationship between the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lamas and Tibetan people.
Premised on the Dalai Lama’s advice to “Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst”, the Five Fifty Vision “calls for maximizing efforts to resolve the Tibet issue in five years based on the Middle Way Approach while ensuring CTA’s resilience to sustain the Tibetan freedom struggle and preserve Tibetan culture for the next fifty years if needed.”
After the opening addresses by Speaker Pema Jungney and CTA President Lobsang Sangay, the participants broke up into 10 separate groups to discuss specific issues. The opinions and suggestions finalized in those groups meeting will be presented at the meeting’s final day on Oct 5 for further discussion and approval by the plenary gathering.