urged Glasgow City Council to forget their differences and get round the
table with them to try and find a workable solution to their current
difficulties with asylum seekers.
COSLA's European and international affairs
spokesperson Christine May said: 'The last thing that anyone wants to see
is a repeat of the tragic events that have taken place in Scotland over the
last three days.
'It is an extremely difficult situation that Glasgow City Council find
themselves in and we are anxious to help in any way that we can.
'There have been reports in the media (see LGCnet) that no other councils are
willing to help - this is simply not true. I know for a fact
that some, including my own (Fife) are in a position to and would be
willing to help.
'I would encourage Glasgow to get in touch with COSLA as soon as possible
with a view to holding a meeting at which we can look at the best way of
helping them and those people seeking asylum in Scotland.'
COSLA chief executive Oonagh Aitken added that: 'COSLA would be more than
happy to accommodate any request for a meeting from Glasgow City Council and
would be willing to encourage member councils to look at the situation.'
* see LGCnetfor 'CHISHOLM URGES 'INTEGRATION NOT CONFRONTATION' ON ASYLUM ISSUE'