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Security agencies to decide on Dalai Lama's visit: Taiwanese official

December 2, 2008

Central News Agency
A visit to Taiwan by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, would be politically sensitive, and will be left to the country's security agencies to decide, the head of the Cabinet-level Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission said Monday.
Minister Kao Su-po said the commission would like to see his visit, but security authorities will make an assessment and come to a decision first.
Kao made the remarks after the Dalai Lama, in an interview with the Hong Kong-based weekly Yazhou Zhoukan, said to forge friendly relations with Chinese sisters and brothers and to have exchanges with Buddhist followers, he would like to visit Taiwan again if the chance arises.
"The commission attaches great importance to the Dalai Lama's possible visit, given his high profile in the international community," Kao said.
But in view of China's concerns wherever he goes, "when will be the appropriate time for the visit and how to arrange his meetings with political heavyweights in Taiwan will be an issue that requires careful thought,' Kao said.
The Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan twice,in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
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