Sat, Nov 24, 2012 - Page 8 News List

Editorial: Visa rejection a national disservice

If this episode is to be judged as yet another piece of political theater, the foreign ministry’s performance has been abysmal. The federation made its visa request, in the form of letters from its international president on Aug. 28 and Sept. 10, yet the ministry did not issue a reply until Nov. 16, just two weeks before the opening of the conference.

The Dalai Lama should be able to visit Taiwan no matter who invites him. The sad truth is no matter which party is in power, the odds are better of him being given a visa if the trip is for religious reasons.

This administration has done the nation a great disservice with its disingenuousness and hiding behind an excuse of “waiting for a more opportune time.”

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