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Dalai Lama Cancels South Africa Visit Because of Visa Trouble

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Dalai Lama (photo: Wiki Commons)

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

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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.

Archbishop Tutu said South Africa was "worse than the apartheid government" for failing to issue the visa.

"… At least you were expecting it from the apartheid government," he told a nationally televised news conference.

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