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 15 April 2013 003Dharamshala: Sikyong, Dr Lobsang Sangay addressed over 5,000 Tibetans in Switzerland and Liechtenstein on the first leg of his Swiss visit on April 15.

 Dr Sangay expressed his thanks to the government and the people of Switzerland for both their hospitality and their continued support to Tibetans that live there since 1960. He urged Tibetans to maintain humility and integrity into their day to day life and to be law abiding citizens.

 The Central Tibetan Administration’s middle way approach, which was unanimously adopted by the Tibetan parliament, was explained and promoted by the Sikyong. He spoke of how it has evolved since 1974 from consultation between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Kashag (the Tibetan administration), the parliament and other Tibetan leaders.
“We must heed the advices of His Holiness” said Dr Sangay; “he has worked tirelessly to resolve the Tibetan issue based on non-violence and dialogue”. He warned that failing to follow this advice would mean that future generations of Tibetans would be unable to forgive them. He also spoke of the large and increasing volume of support for this way by various parliaments worldwide as well as a number of Chinese writers and scholars.

Dr Sangay spoke of the tragic crisis of the self immolations in Tibet, expressing his sadness for all 114 of them, and especially for those 96 who have died.

On April 12 Sikyong addressed the second European Tibetan Buddhist Conference in Fribourg, Switzerland; where over 70 delegates attended. At the conference he highlighted the need for Tibetan Buddhist centres to engage more actively in the Tibetan issue.

A special reception was held on April 13, honouring the five recipients of the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award where Dr Sangay gave a talk, he extended appreciation to the awardees and spoke of the evolution of Tibetan democracy in exile and the non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people.

The Sikyong was especially happy to meet Mr Robert Ford, a former Tibetan Government official in Tibet who has tirelessly worked on advocacy for Tibet for over half a centuary. Mr Ford recently received a letter and 100 Nyul Sang (Tibetan Buddhist Blessings) from the Sikyong for recognition of his service while in Tibet.
Dr Sangay shall leave on April 16 when he shall visit Belgium and France and will return for the second leg of his visit to Switzerland on April 19 where he will address the Conference of the Presidents of the Tibetan Communities in Europe from April 20 to April 21.

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