CTA condoles the Demise of Count Otto Lambsdorff

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    Dharamshala: Count Otto Graf Lambsdorff, one of Germany’s most influential politicians, has died at the age of 82 on 4 December at a clinic in Bonn, the former West German capital.
    “On behalf of the Kashag we join you in mourning for the passing away of Count Lambsdorff,” Acting Kalon Tripa Venerable Tsering Phuntsok said in a condolence message to Countess Lambsdorff.
    “In his passing away, we Tibetan have lost a steadfast friend who did so much to advance the just cause of the Tibetan people.
    “All the Tibetan people join you and your family in this moment of deep personal loss.
    “You have lost a good husband, Germany a great leader and we Tibetans a strong and steadfast friend.
    “Under his chairmanship of the Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung, the Central Tibetan Administration has been able to organise the International Tibet Support Groups Conferences in Bonn in 1996, in Berlin in 2000, in Prague in 2003 and in Brussels in 2007. We have also been able to set up the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre in New Delhi with the active co-operation and financial assistance of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. All these assistance have enabled us to highlight issue of Tibet in an unprecedented way on the international stage and we remain deeply grateful to your husband,” the message noted.
    Count Lambsdorff was honorary chairman of the FDP, which is junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition.
    He served as West German economics minister from 1977-1982, and again from 1982 until 1984.
    He was also chairman of the FDP from 1988-1983.

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