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kalon-tibet-august-8-2012Dharamshala: - 8 August 2012 marked a complete year in office for Kalon Tripa (political leader) of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay and his cabinet of ministers. He told reporters that his administration has pledged to carry on the Tibetan struggle for freedom in Tibet.

The Kashag (Cabinet) had a busy day with meeting the public, press and staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Dr Sangay, along with four of his cabinet colleagues, held a press conference on the morning of August 8.

Speaking to reporters, he said, "There was a bit of anxiousness among the people, including myself and the members of the Kashag but in retrospect, if you look back, the Kalons and myself, we have traveled around the world and to many settlements. Cumulatively, it is fair to report that there is a sense of stability and a sense that we have lessened the anxiousness among the Tibetan people."

Acknowledging the hard work of the elder generations of Tibetans, he said the foundation of the CTA and the Tibetan movement is very strong. Thus contradicting China's assumption that, "The Tibetan movement will collapse soon after the elder generations pass away." He added that, "Tibetans inside Tibet have kept alive the indomitable commitment to the cause of Tibet."

Referring to talks with China, Dr Sangay said that the Tibetan side was ready "anytime anywhere" to restart the dialogue. He noted that his administration was ready to appoint special envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet "whenever Beijing is willing to engage in meaningful dialogue."

Later in the day, (at 1:30 pm) Dr Sangay met exclusively with the CTA staff and thanked them for their hard work and cooperation with the policies of the 14th Kashag.

In the afternoon there was a public service held to pray for the Tibetans who have self immolated to protest against Chinese repressive policies in Tibet and the current critical situation inside Tibet at Thegchen Choeling Tsuklagkhang, the main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche presided over the prayer session that was attended by thousands of people, including those from the exile administration.

After the service Dr Sangay addressed the public, citing the 14th Kashag's guiding principles of "unity, innovation and self-reliance."

"Whatever little progress the 14th Kashag has made so far is because of the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the hard work of the elder generations and the Indian government and the Indian public," Dr Sangay said.

Kalon Tripa then thanked the Tibetan people both inside and outside Tibet for their solidarity and support and pledged the 14th Kashag's sacred duty to uphold the legacy of the elder generation to carry the Tibetan struggle forward.

The same day, thousands of Tibetans and supporters joined a solidarity rally and candle light vigils across the world, including India, Taiwan, US, UK, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. This was held in support of and solidarity with Tibetan people in Tibet.

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