South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit: Spokeswoman

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 on Thursday.

Johannesburg: 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 on 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 a news agency.

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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