Brussels, Belgium: On his tour of 30 European countries to promote ‘Dialogue for Peace’, Ven. Thupten Wanchen, Member of Tibetan Parliament in exile arrived in Brussels, Belgium on 17 September.
He was received by Representative Tashi Phuntsok, Office of Tibet, Brussels, International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) EU Policy Director Vincent Martin and a group of Tibetan community leaders.
Shortly after arrival, MP Ven Thupten Wangchen gave an interview to Le Soir, a French language Newspaper. Thereafter ICT arranged a meeting with civil societies, which was attended by International Federation for Human Rights ( FIDH ) and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO). Tibetan community leaders were also present.
Tibetan community in Brussels arranged a meeting cum reception at Nalanda Institute in the afternoon. Ven Wangchen explained his purpose of the tour to the gathering. The tour is aimed to advocate the resumption of dialogue between China and envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Only through dialogue, peace can be assured between China and Tibet and to symbolise that Ven Thupten Wangchen travelled with a votive lamp on which stands a dove symbolising peace. The tour began on 2 September from Barcelona and continued across Europe. The tour will mark its successful completion at Barcelona on 8 November.
After a meeting at the Belgian government office on the tour, Ven Wangchen and the delegation from the Office of Tibet called upon Senator Sebine de Bethune. The meeting was highly fruitful with discussions on various issues and course of actions. Senator Sabine de Bethune gladly signed the petition that Ven Wangchen has arranged for the tour.
In the evening, Ven Wangchen visited Yuentenling in Huy and tomorrow he will leave for Luxembourg.
Coordinated by Ms Passang Dolma, Luxembourg Tibetan community have arranged a day-long programme in honour of the ‘Dialogue for Peace’ tour.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Brussels