DHARAMSHALA: A campaign by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to raise awareness amongst Tibetans in exile about the Middle Way Approach began on 18 July.
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Kalons and secretaries of all the departments of the CTA are scheduled to visit Tibetan settlements across India to speak on the Middle Way Approach in throughout July and August.
The Kalons and secretaries will also highlight the remarkable achievements of Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan cause and world peace as part of the Kashag’s initiative to dedicate 2014 as the ‘Year of His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama’.
“The Middle Way Approach is a democratically adopted viable and realistic solution to seek genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the framework of the Chinese constitution. It is increasingly supported by the international community, including governments, parliaments and the Chinese people,” said Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay.
“Overwhelming majority of the Tibetan people endorse the Middle Way Approach. The mass awareness campaign is being launched to make a concerted effort on the part of Tibetans in exile to end the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet and preserve the Tibetan identity given the urgency of the situation in Tibet under the Chinese government’s repressive rule,” Sikyong said.
The publc awareness campaign follows the successful launch of the international awareness campaign on the Middle Way Approach by the Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR) of CTA on 5 June.
The DIIR launched Middle Way Approach information materials – including an interactive website, Social Media campaign, timeline of the Tibetan struggle and FAQs – many of them available in 7 languages including Chinese – to make it very easy for people around the world to understand exactly what the Tibetan administration is proposing in terms of genuine autonomy within China. The international awareness campaign was aimed at engaging the international community – young people, diplomats, media, people from all walks of life across different nations — to counter the Chinese Government’s misinformation campaign about the policy.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the then-Tibetan administration formulated the “Middle Away Approach” policy in 1974 as a realistic option to solve the issue of Tibet. This foresight of His Holiness was affirmed in 1979 when Chinese paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, stated that, “apart from independence, all issues can be discussed” and offered talks with His Holiness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the Middle Way Approach to the Chinese leader, and a long period of contact and discussions between Dharamshala and Beijing resulted.
Since this time, there have been 9 Rounds of Talks, four fact-finding delegations to Tibet and regular visits by Tibetans to the Tibetan regions.
The Middle Way Approach is already supported by international leaders including US President Barack Obama and many Chinese intellectuals, such as imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate, Liu Xiaobo.
Originally published on the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at: