|Responds regarding notifications from the People’s Republic of China not to grant a visa to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet
FOR ORAL REPLY
QUESTION NO. 192 (NO3776E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 32-2011 OF 18 OCTOBER 2011
Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
- whether she has received any notification from the People’s Republic of China not to grant a visa to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details;
- whether she had any discussions with the government of the People’s Republic of China regarding the visa application; if so, (a) when (b) with whom and (c) what was the outcome of the discussion;
- whether she had received any other notifications from any other government regarding the visa application for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the relevant details?
The visa application matter pertaining to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama is now sub judice, after the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Congress of the People (COPE) instituted court proceedings at the Cape High Court on Monday, the 18th of October 2011.
Therefore, the Minister is, regrettably, not in a position to reply until the pending court proceedings are concluded.