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Dalai Lama cancels trip to South Africa over visa

The Dalai Lama has cancelled his trip to South Africa, where he had been invited by fellow Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Tibetan spiritual leader's office said the South African government had failed to grant him a visa on time.

Pretoria has maintained that it did not come under pressure from China to stop the visit.

The Dalai Lama had been due to take part in celebrations on Friday to mark the archbishop's 80th birthday.

Karen Allen reports.

  • 04 Oct 2011
  • From the section World
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