Prime Minister's Official Spokesman
October 3, 2001
11:00 A.M. GMT
PRIME MINISTER'S DAY
The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that the Prime
Minister had spoken to the Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee this morning. The
call had lasted around 15 minutes. He would be meeting the Indian Foreign Minister
this afternoon at around 2.15pm. The call to Prime Minister Vajpayee was the
second call they had had since September 11. The PMOS said that our Prime Minister
had condemned the terrorist attack on the Assembly in Srinigar on Monday. He
also expressed his appreciation for the strong support the Indian Government
was showing for the response to the events of September 11. They were an important
part of the broad coalition that was being built. Asked if there was an assumption
that the attack in Srinigar was linked to Bin Laden the PMOS said that no assumptions
should be made.
The Prime Minister would also be meeting with David Trimble at midday.
Asked about the movement of the motion that would mean the Ulster Unionist party
pulling out of the Executive the PMOS said that was entirely a matter for David
Trimble and the Executive. The Prime Minister would want to get Mr Trimble's
assessment on where we were and to take it from there. David Trimble had met
the Taioseach in Dublin yesterday and this was part of the ongoing process.
RECALL OF PARLIAMENT
Asked if the Prime Minister's statement tomorrow would be used to set out more
details of the legislative response to the events of September 11 the PMOS said
that journalists would have to wait for the debate itself. It was right that
Parliament was the first to hear. The debate was a chance for Parliament to
meet and to discuss the current situation. Asked if there was a chance that
legislation would be laid tomorrow the PMOS said no.
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