May 27, 2004
Earlier, Mr. Lionel Luca and former Tibet Group President Mr. Richard Cazneve hosted a luncheon reception in the Assembly in honour of the visiting Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan Administration. Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, accompanied Rinpoche.
Later in the day, Rinpoche was invited for a public talk at the Salle Victor Hugo in the Parliament. Speaking to over 200 people, Kalon Tripa said that the problem between China and Tibet is not of ideology, race or power but of truth and untruth, justice and injustice. Rinpoche also pointed out that the problem of last 50 years between the two parties would not overshadow the friendly relations both peoples enjoyed over a 1000 years ago. He believed the Tibetan struggle based on truth, non-violence and democracy will triumph.
Rinpoche spent most of his day talking to media and touring
the French Parliament. Kalon Tripa will travel to London later today.