Peace conference canceled after South Africa bars Dalai Lama
Date Published: 03/24/2009
Celia Dugger, New York Times, March 24, 2009
The peace conference that was to have been attended by five Nobel laureates later this week in Johannesburg has been canceled after the South African government denied a visa to the Dalai Lama. Two of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk, condemned the government for giving in to pressure from China to block the Dalai Lama’s visit and said they would refuse to participate in the conference if he was not there. The government said the Tibetan spiritual leader’s presence would not be in South Africa’s best interests because he would have distracted attention from the country and drawn it instead to the status of Tibet. – posted by Catherine Gao
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