South Africa cancels peace conference after banning Dalai Lama

African Update – 02/04/09

South Africa has canceled a global peace conference following a controversy over its refusal to let the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama attend. Critics accuse the South African government of accusing of caving in to pressure from China, one of its largest trading partners. Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, condemned the move: “It’s a sad day for South Africa.

It’s a sad for Africa. And we are a nation that’s striving to be a leader in the African continent. I am very saddened today to see that someone like the Dalai Lama, who all our laureates hold highly, has been turned down on their visa application.” Earlier in March Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said that foreign countries should stay away from any involvement in the Tibet issue. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “We are shamelessly succumbing to Chinese pressure. I feel deeply distressed and ashamed.” South African Friends of Tibet is to host a meeting on Friday 6 April to set a date for an alternative peace conference following the government's refusal to allow the Tibetan leader into the country. IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party, country´s third largest political party in South Africa) leader Buthelezi wants the court to order the government to provide the Dalai Lama with a visa. In the application, Buthelezi says the government's decision was politically motivated and that there were no legal grounds to refuse the Dalai Lama a visa.

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