Tibetan General Meeting to be held in Dharamshala from May 21

Dharamsala: The Second Tibetan National General Meeting would be held here from May 21 to 23 to give final shape for transition of political power from Dalai Lama to elected representatives.

The decision to call the general meeting was taken at the meeting of Kasang (Tibetan Parliament) yesterday, Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat today said.

The two-day meeting would discuss suggestions of the 'Constitution Amendment Drafting Committee' for changes in the 'Charter of Tibetans in Exile' to enable the Dalai Lama to give up political duties as per his wishes.

Proceedings of the general meeting was finalised by members of the Kashag and Tibetan Parliament's Standing Committee presided over by Speaker Pempa Tsering.

According to Tsering, the general meeting will be held in accordance with the final resolution passed during the 11th session of the Tibetan Parliament to follow up the Dalai Lama's proposal to devolve his political authority to the democratically elected Tibetan leadership.

On the first two days of the meeting, separate committees will be formed to deliberate on recommendations of the 'Charter Amendment Drafting Committee' and relevant proposals to be made to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Each committee will present its report on the final day of the meeting.

The Tibetan Parliament will apprise His Holiness the Dalai Lama about the suggestions of the meeting on 24 May.

Accordingly, the recommendations concerning the amendment of the Charter will be tabled in an additional session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament for final approval.

The Dalai Lama had conveyed his decision to give up his political responsibilities to the exiled Parliament on March 14 with request to make suitable amendments in Tibetan Charter to pave the way for transition of power to elected people.

The Parliament then passed a resolution on March 18 requesting the Dalai Lama to reconsider his decision but he refused and returned the resolution to the Parliament. The Dalai Lama, in his March 10 statement, said he would devolve his political authority to an elected leader.

Finally on March 25, the Tibetan Parliament agreed to amend its Charter to grant his wish but proposed that he continues as the 'symbolic head' of the exiled Tibetan government.