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Dhasa: The three-day General Meeting of the People for the Movement of the Middle Way began today in Dharamshala. The speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, attended as special guest along with around 100 others, including representative members from 15 regional chapters and envoys from Tibetan non-government organisations.
Attendees stood to sing traditional Tibetan songs to mark to beginning of the meeting, which were followed by an introduction by Mr Doctor Kyenrob, coordinator of the middle way movement. Mr Yuten Gyaltso later reported on the movement's activities and expenses over the past year and a half.
Penpa Tsering addressed the audience with the main tenets of the middle way approach, which seeks genuine autonomy as opposed to complete independence. He spoke of the importance of the approach for the struggle and why it is necessary to emphasise that this is the viewpoint of the majority of Tibetan people, not just His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The next two days will focus on ways in which the people of Tibet can advance the movement and how amiable relations between Tibetans and Chinese (something which the Dalai Lama strongly advocates) can be promoted and achieved. The expansion of the movement and its future developments will also be discussed, as well as the election of additional coordinators.

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