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E72ced1Dharamshala: The speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, is currently on an official visit to Australia. On his arrival at the Sydney airport, he was welcomed by Ngodup Gyaltsen from the Office of Tibet and Nigan Gotsang, the President of Tibetan communities of Australia.

Addressing the Tibetan public on the evening of his first day, Speaker Penpa Tsering spoke on the Tibetan people's bounden duty to preserve their language and culture, which are facing annihilation under the Chinese rule.

He said the responsibility to safeguard our language and culture rests with everyone of us, adding that families in the west should speak in Tibetan at home so that the children could learn Tibetan.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration, the speaker briefed the public on the critical situation prevailing inside Tibet and the efforts being made by the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the issue of Tibet through the Middle Way policy.

He underlined that the Middle Way Policy was unanimously approved by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile after taking into consideration the aspirations of the Tibetan people.

Speaker Tsering also spoke on the significance of the exile Tibetans' voluntary green book contribution for the sustenance of the Tibetan movement.

Tsering met about 22 representatives of Tibet Support Groups in Sydney including the heads of various non-governmental organisations on his second day.

The Tibet Support Groups in Sydney pledged to continue their support towards the Tibet issue. In the evening of the second day, the speaker met a few Chinese intellectuals.

He explained to them about the dire situation prevailing inside Tibet and the CTA's efforts to resolve the problem of Tibet through the Middle Way policy, which seeks genuine autonomy for Tibet within the framework of the Chinese constitution.

He also explained them about the devolution of political authority by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the democratically-elected Tibetan leadership.

Speaker Tsering also met 6 members of the Australia Parliamentary Group for Tibet, following which he addressed an assembly of Tibetan and Australian public entitled 'Gathering for Tibet' at the Tumbalong Park.

The speaker will visit Melbourne and Canberra from 17 – 20 June.

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