Government didn’t want Nobel summit in SA - De Klerk

2014-10-02 16:39
Former president FW de Klerk (AFP)

Former president FW de Klerk (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The  government didn’t want the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be hosted in South Africa, said former president FW de Klerk on Thursday.

De Klerk said in a statement the government was “concerned about the criticism that participants would inevitably direct against it for its refusal to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama”.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille announced that the summit had been suspended and the permanent secretariat of World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was considering relocating the event.

"The primary reason for the relocation is the fact that the South African government has refused to allow his holiness the Dalai Lama a visa to attend," De Lille said.

Last month, 14 Nobel laureates wrote to President Jacob Zuma asking that a South African travel visa be granted to the Dalai Lama. This was the third time in five years he could not secure a visa to enter South Africa.

At the time the international relations department said the Dalai Lama's visa application was a closed matter, and that he had cancelled his trip.

“I can understand the reaction of the Nobel Peace Laureates, but nevertheless am convinced that it was not the most appropriate response to the visa refusal,” De Klerk said.

De Klerk said between 1990 and 1996 SA was the best examples of the vision that Alfred Nobel had in mind when he instituted the prize more than a century ago.

“We wanted to share this experience with the world and with our fellow Nobel Peace laureates in Cape Town.

He said the main responsibility for the suspension of the summit lies squarely with the government. 

“Our foreign policy is supposed to reflect the values in our Constitution. The refusal of a visa to the Dalai Lama is the antithesis of those values.”

Read more on:    fw de klerk  |  dalai lama  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  nobel prize

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.