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Monday, 6 August, 2001, 07:24 GMT 08:24 UK
Plaid's 'future vision' unveiled
Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones is due to launch his party's vision of the future of Welsh communities - and the Welsh language - at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh in north Wales.

Mr Jones will tell supporters at the week long festival that a sense of Welsh identity should be inclusive and embrace everyone who lives in Wales.

Plaid Cymru councillor Seimon Glyn
Seimon Glyn's comments sparked debate.

On the first anniversary of his election as Plaid's president, the Anglesey AM will call for greater understanding across the cultural and language divide in Wales.

Mr Jones believes there is no conflict between a more inclusive approach and the need to protect the Welsh language in its heartlands.

The speech will include references to "equal citizenship" and to creating a sense of belonging for everyone living in Wales whatever their background.

Furious debate

It contrasts sharply with the views that have been expressed by the Plaid Cymru councillor Seimon Glyn who earlier this year sparked a furious debate within the party on the issue of in-migration.

Mr Glyn's comments that his community was under threat from a "tidal wave of migraton" from England led to a motion calling for his resignation.

The vote of no confidence - called for by the Labour group on Gwynedd council - was defeated and subsequent calls for Mr Glyn to be thrown out of the party have been unsuccessful.

Eisteddfod site
Festival-goers will have to disinfect footwear and cars

Mr Jones says the creation of the Welsh Assembly post devolution has created difficulties for all the political parties in speaking on behalf of all the people of Wales.

"The diverse nature of modern Wales has to be recognised," said Mr Jones.

He insists that the party can play an important role in building bridges between different communities.

But he will not be the only politician making his mark on the Maes as Welsh Assembly First Minister Rhodri Morgan is expected visit the site every day.

The annual festival which is entering its third day of competition is expecting to attract more than 200,000 visitors.

There were fears that the widespread foot-and-mouth outbreak would lead to the cancellation of the event, but organisers have said that precautions are in place.

Festival-goers are being made to disinfect footwear and vehicles in an effort to stop the spread of foot-and-mouth.

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