The budget session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile started on a sombre note on Monday as parliamentarians pledged to strengthen their efforts to garner stronger support from the international community to end the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet and fulfill their aspirations.
Speaker Penpa Tsering said the house would pass a resolution to express condolence and solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet and hold deliberations to find a lasting solution to the escalating crisis in Tibet.
“We know in our hearts the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet and we pledge to redouble our efforts to let the international community know this and take action,” Tsering said, adding that the Tibetan leadership-in-exile led by the Kashag (cabinet) and the Tibetan Parliament, has made the international community clearly aware that the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet were the root causes leading to self-immolation by Tibetans.
The Parliament also expressed concern over lack of willingness on the part of the Chinese government to review their failed policies in Tibet.
“The current crisis in Tibet would not end unless the Chinese leadership brings positive change in Tibet,” said Tsering.
Tsering expressed hope that the new Chinese leadership under President Xi Jinping will take positive steps to resolve the problem of Tibet through finding truth from facts rather than engage in cover-up and blame game.
“Time has come for the Chinese government to respond positively to the sincere overtures made by the Tibetan leadership towards resolving the issue of Tibet through dialogue,” Tsering said, adding that the Tibetan leadership remains committed to pursue the mutually-beneficial middle-way policy.
The house also passed a resolution to mourn and express solidarity with all those Tibetans who have immolated themselves for the cause of Tibet.
The house will discuss and approve the annual budget of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) for 2013-2014 during the 10-day session.