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No clarity on where peace summit will be held

The secretariat of the summit has yet to confirm where the 2014 event will be moved to.

The secretariat of the summit has yet to confirm where the 2014 event will be moved to. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Organisers of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates have yet to announce where the gathering will be held after the City of Cape Town put the brakes on the event this week.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille made the announcement on Thursday.

She said the decision was made primarily due to government's refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has long been struggling to get a visa to enter South Africa. He too was expected to attend the event.

The permanent secretariat of the summit has yet to confirm where the 2014 event will be moved to after Cape Town was canned.

The office says it's received interest from various cities including Rome which organised the first seven editions of the summit.

The City will still co-host the event, which will still be dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela.

Costs incurred by the City before the relocation amount to about R200,550 and it's in the process of cancelling contracts with service providers.

The secretariat on Friday said it's greatly disappointed Cape Town will no longer host the event.

Meanwhile, the presidency said de Lille's comments are inaccurate and misleading.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj moved to clarify that government was not to blame, saying officials did not deny the Dalai Lama a visa.

Maharaj added that government holds all laureates of the world in the highest regard.

The gathering was scheduled for later this month and would have been the first summit to be hosted in Africa.