Posted by: becketfund | May 15, 2009

South Africa: Government Changes Position on Issuing Dalai Lama Visa

PRETORIA – In a reversal of position, new International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Tibet’s spiritual leader could now visit South Africa whenever he wished, BBC reported on May 15. The government caused an international outcry when it said in March that it would not allow him to attend a peace conference, linked to the 2010 Football World Cup. Critics accused South Africa of caving in to Chinese pressure. The visa ban prompted Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President FW de Klerk to pull out of the conference for Nobel laureates, forcing organizers to postpone it indefinitely.

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