A meeting of major peace actavists and the Nobel Peace committee associated with the South African World Cup was postponed when the South African Government denied the Dalai Lama a visa. It is reported that due to presure China put on S. Africa the president decided to not allow his Holiness into the country. Many South African citizens are dismayed and upset.
The German publication DW-World writes:
The peace conference was meant to be a platform to discuss how to use soccer as a way to fight racism in the run up to the World Cup which will be held in South Africa in 2010.
The Dalai Lama’s chief negotiator, Lodi Gyari, said China had only damaged its own attempts at closer ties with Africa by pressuring South Africa into refusing to allow the Tibetan spiritual leader to enter the country.
It’s a real shame that political powers are preventing this peace meeting from taking place, espcially in a place with a history like S. Africa.
Here is a picture of Mandela and the Dalai Lama together in 1996.