Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay (r) and Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel (l) addressing a joint press conference in Dharamshala on April 16, 2012. (Phayul photo/Tendar Tsering)
DHARAMSHALA, April 16: The second Special Meeting of Tibetans will be held in the exile headquarters of Dharamshala from September 25-28.
Details of the meeting were announced at a press conference today, jointly addressed by Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay and Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Sangay said the meeting will hold extensive discussions and brainstorming on campaign ideas and plans for activities by exile Tibetans in light of the critical situation inside Tibet.
Delegates at the four-day meeting will also deliberate on ways to garner support for the ongoing crisis in Tibet from the international community, India and South East Asian countries.
“The meeting is aimed to bring in suggestions regarding the exile movement in support and solidarity with the plight of the people inside Tibet,” Dr Sangay said.
Delegates to the meeting will include incumbent and former Kalons, present and former members of the parliament, representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his envoys, representatives of the NGOs and Tibet support groups.
50 seats have been reserved for voluntary participants from outside the Indian subcontinent, while 35 seats have been made available for voluntary participants from India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Around 500 people are expected to participate in the meeting.
This is the second Special Meeting of the Tibetans in exile. The first Special Meeting was held in 2008 to discuss the future course of action following the lack of any signs of progress in the dialogue process with China and the worsening situation inside Tibet after the widespread anti-China protests earlier that year.
Live webcast of the meeting will be available and online queries from the public via the internet will also be welcomed during the meeting.