South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit: Spokeswoman

AFP , Thursday 4 Sep 2014

Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (Photo: Reuters)

South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative said Thursday.

The government "conveyed by phone to me they will not be able to grant the visa for the reason that it would disturb relations between China and South Africa," Nangsa Choedon told AFP.

The refusal could see a boycott of the 14th annual peace summit, a spokesman for South African laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said.

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