The Dalai Lama will not attend memorial services for fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
The Buddhist spiritual leader has twice been unable to obtain a visa.
His spokesman Tenzin Takhla gave no reason on Monday for the Dalai Lama's missing a memorial service in Johannesburg and funeral in Mandela's hometown.
Mr Takhla said only that "logistically it's impossible at this time."
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The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.