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Friday, 9 November, 2001, 20:44 GMT
Afghan 'twin' for Devon town
Totnes
The issue will be discussed again in December
A row has erupted in a small market town after councillors voted to try to twin their community with one in Afghanistan.

Totnes Town Council in Devon also voted to write to the government calling for a halt to the bombing so aid can get through.

Residents of Totnes have held peace marches through the town over the bombing of Afghanistan.

Councillor David Horsburgh said: "The council needs to take a lead in this kind of thing and represent the people. If every town did this, I am sure we would see quite a difference."

'Futile gesture'

One councillor, retired naval officer Peter Wyatt, aged 67, has resigned in protest at the actions of his fellow members during a meeting of the council.

Mr Wyatt said: "It is a futile gesture. We know the bombing will go on and the prime minister hasn't time to read letters from Totnes town councillors."

Brian Elliot, chairman of the town's twinning association, said it would be difficult to establish twinning arrangements at present.

And he said when the war was over there would be a problem finding a similar town to Totnes to set up a twinning link.

The issue will be debated again at a meeting of the town council in December.


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