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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Dalai Lama may not get visa to Sri Lanka

[b]Dalai Lama may not get visa to Sri Lanka[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 05 January, ( [/b]Amidst reports of a possible visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry is yet to receive a request seeking approval for such a visit.

The Mahabodhi Society reportedly intends to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader for the 2550 Buddha Jayanthi commemoration programme.

But sources noted that in the event the Dalai Lama was planning to visit Sri Lanka, authorities are likely to stall the visit for a second time. In 1999 when Chandrika Kumaratunga was the President, a request made by several Buddhist organizations to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader was turned down on grounds that the Government did not want to 'upset the Chinese'.

The then Deputy Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, "We have very good relations with China. Any decision we take must be well thought of."

Dalai Lama, fled Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule and is now living in exile in India.

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