FW: Meeting with Home Secretary
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>Subject: Meeting with Home Secretary>Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 14:10 -0700>>Meeting with Home Secretary>>The Home secretary, Mr. David Blunkett, today (29/5/02) metrepresentatives
>of three National Faith organisations - the national Council ofHindu
>Temples (UK), Muslim Council of Britain and Network of SikhOrganisations -
>to discuss the possible repercussions that could take place inBritain if a
>war break out between India and Pakistan.>>Those present expressed that they were against a war since itwill be
>disastrous for both countries. They would rather prefer adiplomatic method
>of resolving the issue.>>The national Council of Hindu Temples (UK) stressed to the HomeSecretary
>the concerns of Hindu community in Britain - safety ofindividuals, attacks
>on business premises and places of worship etc. The Hinducommunity had
>suffered greatly in 1992 and would not want have similarexperiences.
>>The Home secretary replied that he had already notified thepolice in
>Britain to be more vigilant especially near the places ofworship. Mr.
>Blunkett requested the Hindu community to identify problematicareas and
>forward the information to the Home Office.>>The Home Office will release the following joint statementtomorrow:
>>David Blunkett and leaders of the British South Asian communitiesmet
>yesterday to discuss the effect on community relations in the UKof current
>tension between India and Pakistan.>>They called on British South Asian communities to remain calm andurged the
>governments of India and Pakistan to respond to diplomaticpressure to
>desist from war.>>The meeting concluded that>>"Everyone in UK has a duty to ensure that current tensionsbetween India and
>Pakistan do not upset normal good community relations betweenBritish South
>Asian communities. We call upon all community leaders to takeaction local
>tensions and urge restraint in, and between, their communitieswhatever
>their links with India or Pakistan">>Community leaders are to meet with the Foreign Secretary, JackStraw,
>tomorrow to continue their dialogue with Government>>>The meeting was attended by:>Mr. OM Prakash Sharma and Mr. Bimal Krishna das - the nationalCouncil of
>Hindu Temples (UK).>>Mr. Iqbal Sacranie, Cllr. Khan and Mr. Wasti - the Muslim Councilof Britain
>>Mr. Inderjit Singh and Mr. Mohan Singh - Network of SikhOrganisations
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