Tibetan meet asks Dalai Lama to accept role of ceremonial head

The four-day Tibetan National General Meeting concluded with a unanimous resolution asking the Dalai Lama to assume the role of ceremonial head of state.

Last Updated: May 25, 2011, 18:56 PM IST

Dharamsala: The four-day Tibetan National
General Meeting concluded here today with a unanimous
resolution asking the Dalai Lama to assume the role of
ceremonial head of state.

Attended by 418 Tibetan delegates from across the
world, the meeting deliberated on the draft amendments to the
Charter on the devolution of the Dalai Lama`s political and
administrative powers to the democratically-elected Tibetan
leadership.

The meeting also endorsed a proposal to request the
Tibetan leader to accept the inclusion of the new Preamble and
responsibilities assigned to him in Article 1 if he does not
wish to become the ceremonial head of state.
The two proposals will be presented to the Dalai Lama
tomorrow and he would also address delegates the same day.

The 14th Tibetan Parliament will meet for a special
session from May 26 to 28 to give its approval to the
amendments and Dalai Lama would then ratify them.

In his closing remarks, Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the
Tibetan Parliament said the general meeting has sent a very
strong signal to the Chinese government that the Tibetan
people are united on the fundamental issues of Tibet.
Dalai Lama expressed his "irrevocable wish" to
relinquish his political and administrative role on March 14
and asked the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile to approve necessary
amendments to the Charter for transition of power to elected
representatives.

PTI