Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Photo: file

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Dharamshala — Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, expressed their deep condolence on the demise of Madeleine Albright, she was the first US Secretary of State to appoint the US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

After learning that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had passed away at the age of 84. Penpa Tsering, Sikyong (President) of the CTA, and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, wrote to her daughter, Alice Patterson Albright, to express their condolences.

“With great sadness, I learned of the passing of your beloved mother, former US Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright. On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people, I offer our deepest condolences to you, your family, and the people of the United States,” writes Sikyong in the condolence letter.

“This immense sense of loss in her passing is felt deeply by the Tibetan people whose cause she advocated just as she did for the human rights and freedom of millions around the globe. She was the first US Secretary of State to appoint the US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, a crucial designation that leads US efforts and assistance in resolving the Sino-Tibet conflict. We remain eternally grateful for her leadership and support,” he wrote.

“I hope that we all can contribute to bringing out a more democratic, just and peaceful world to which she dedicated her whole life. Once again, I offer our deepest condolences,” Sikyong concluded.

“We are saddened to learn the demise of your beloved mother Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of the State. On behalf of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, I extend my deepest condolence to you and your family,” wrote the Speaker.

“Mrs Maldeliene Albright’s service to the country is profound and she has lived a great life by contributing to the welfare of the country and its people. She has touched great heights in her career and her legacy will live on. Mrs. Albright has also supported the Tibetan cause during her tenure in the Office of the Secretary. She has appointed Mr. Greg Craig, the first special coordinator for Tibetan Issues at the U.S. Department of State in October 1997 under the Clinton Administration. She made it clear to the then President of China Jiang Zemin that Tibet is in the high priority of the U.S government and urged for dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” the Speaker added.

“She has met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama several times in the past and His Holiness has appreciated her concern and effort for Tibet. Her support and commitment to the cause of Truth and Non-violence will be remembered by all the Tibetan people. We are grateful for her support and with her passing away, we have also lost a true friend of Tibet,” he wrote.

“Once again on behalf of all the Tibetans around the world, I extend my sincere condolence. I send my prayers and strength to you during this difficult time, the Speaker concluded”