LONDON (Aug. 18)
An international conference on textiles that was due to be held in Bombay in November has been cancelled because the Indian government has refused to admit Israeli delegates. The announcement was made here today by British Conservative Member of Parliament Tom Normanton, vice-president of the International Federation of Cotton and Allied Textile Industries (IFCA TI).
Normanton told a press conference, “We had no choice but to cancel the conference. We cannot allow this kind of blackmail threat to be put on us.” He added that the IFCA TI “categorically refused to hold the conference under this exclusion threat.” The host association, the Indian Cotton Mills Federation, tried to persuade its government to change its decision but without success. Normanton said that IFCA TI was now planning a working meeting in Zurich Nov. 24-26.