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Clarification on a Recent Statement by Kalon Tripa to a German Newspaper in Italy

posted Mar 9, 2012, 7:55 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Mar 14, 2012, 10:54 AM ]

Published on the official Facebook page of the Kalon Tripa
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Kalon Tripa and his office would like to clarify a recent statement made by the Kalon Tripa to a small German newspaper ( in Northern Italy

When asked "What is it like being a Prime Minister without a country?" the Kalon Tripa responded “I can't say for sure because Tibetans we never had a country.”

The above remark could be misunderstood and misinterpreted. Therefore, we would like to clarify that the Kalon Tripa was actually responding in the context of the stateless position of Tibetans in exile and particularly his own position as a Tibetan in India. Tibetans of his generation, born and raised in exile, have yet to experience living in a place they can call their country. Dr. Sangay has done hundreds of interviews since assuming the post of Kalon Tripa and his stand has always been and continues to be that Tibet was historically an independent nation and it is presently under occupation.

We regret any misunderstanding the statement may have caused, and hope this clarification addresses the matter.

(Originally posted here.)
See also "Tibetans Never Had a Country", March 5, 2012, published on the blog of Jamyang Norbu.

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