The Local Government Association joins governments all over the world in condemning the appalling terrorist attacks...
The Local Government Association joins governments all over the world in condemning the appalling terrorist attacks on the United States of America.
The LGA urges its member authorities in England and Wales to issue joint statements, with local community leaders of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds, expressing the horror felt by their constituents at such acts of terrorism.
Jeremy Beecham, chair of the LGA said: `As community leaders, local authorities have a key role to play in ensuring that the reaction to Tuesday's atrocities is not manipulated by extremist political organisations to promote negative racial or religious stereotypes. Local authorities, along with local media, have a responsibility to foster positive community relations across racial and religious divides.
`In the aftermath of Tuesday's events, it is important to communicate effectively to all communities the widespread condemnation of indiscriminate terrorist atrocities and to employ those common human feelings in strengthening community relations in multi-cultural Britain today.'