In September 1997, based on the preliminary opinion survey and reflecting the Tibetan people‟s profound trust in His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the TPiE adopts a unanimous resolution stating that he should, in the future, be the sole person to take decisions on Sino-Tibetan issues. The TPiE further resolves that whatever decisions His Holiness the Dalai Lama takes will be regarded by all the Tibetan people as being the equivalent to a decision reached through a referendum.