Dalai Lama to join Tutu birthday celebration via videolink
New Delhi, India
October 7, 2011 11:36 am EDT
Politics, Politics, Human Interest, People, Accomplishment, Politics, Diplomacy, International Relations
After cancelling his trip over visa delays, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will join Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebration on Saturday through a videoconference from India.
The announcement was made Thursday by Tutu's Peace Center in Cape Town.
The Dalai Lama was to attend the birthday of his fellow Nobel peace prize winner, but was forced to cancel his trip over Pretoria’s decision to deny him a visa under Chinese pressure. China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist, although the exiled leader has only talked of autonomy and never of independence.
"The inaugural Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture will proceed on Saturday at the University of the Western Cape, with His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama joining the event via live videolink from Dharamsala, his home-in-exile, in India," the Peace Centre announced late Thursday.
"The Dalai Lama and Tutu will engage in a moderated discussion on the topic, Peace and Compassion as Catalysts for Change. This is the topic that His Holiness was to have spoken on had he been allowed to enter South Africa by the authorities," the center said in a statement, adding that an empty chair will symbolize the spiritual leader's absence.
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