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Minutes of Meetings of The International Council
1986 February



MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF I.V.U. HELD AT THE INDIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM ON 15th FEBRUARY, 1986.

PRESENT:- Dr. Gordon Latto (President), Mr. Rudolf Meyer, Mr. Hilmar Burggrabe, Dr. Jacqueline Andre, Mr. Edwin Heller, Mr. John le Grice, Mr. Brian Gunn-King, Mr. Maxwell Lee (Hon. General Secretary)

1. PRESIDENT'S OPENING REMARKS

The President welcomed members present and commented on the importance and seriousness of the meeting.

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Mr Anders Kocken, Mr. Abdul Khalik, Mr. Alex Hnrshaft, Mrs. Madge Darneille, Mr. Jashu Shah, Ms. Melinda Marks, Mr. Jan Bnnldman, Mr. George Karolyi, Dr. M.M. Bhamgara, Mr. Philip Pick, Mrs. Nelly Fernandez-French, Mr. Surendra Mehta

3. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

There were no corrections and the minutes were approved as a correct account of the meeting held at the Hotel Antony, Cervia, Italy on 30th August, 1985.

4. MATTERS ARISING

Minute 5 The Hon. General Secretary reported that the Australasian Vegetarian Union was holding its first meeting of Member Societies in February and it was agreed to send congratulations from the International Council.

The continuing problems of the U.N.V. and its Cite al Miers in France were reported. The International Council agreed to send a message,of goodwill and the hope that they will win through.

Minute 9 Following the agreement that that Officers should use their discretion over any requests for assistance from Regional Secretaries, it was reported that a grant of 300 had been made to the Regional Secretary for Europe to help with initial expenses in setting up a regional organisation.

5. PROPOSAL TO DISCONTINUE I.V.U. SUPPORT FOR THE WORLD CONGRESS IN YUGOSLAVIA

The President made a lengthy statement of how he saw the development of the events leading up to the present difficulties over the Congress. Various views were expressed over the President's interpretation of events. In particular, the Hon. General Secretary felt that there were discrepancies in the various approaches and understanding of events. The Hon. General Secretary read out letters he had received from members of the International Council who were unable to attend the meeting. Many registered disquiet that they had not received literature from Yugoslavia or replies to letters sent to Yugoslavia. Some supported the cancellation of I.V.U. support for the Congress while others felt that I.V.U. should endeavour to get the organisers to respond and so make a success of the Congress.

The President and Mr. le Grice both stated they had informed Mr. Milan Maglaic that he should attend the meeting but he had not arrived. Attempts were made during a recess to contact Mr. Maglaic by telephone without success. Disappointment was expressed at Mr. Maglaic's absence. Dr. Jacqueline Andre proposed and Mr. Brian Gunn-King seconded the following resolution: -
"Due to problems experienced with the organisation of the Congress in Yugoslavia, the International Council of I.V.U. may find it necessary to postpone the meeting of Member Societies should there be insufficient support from Member Societies.

If less than 20 Member Societies are represented at the Congress, then I.V.U. will not hold the General Meeting of Member Societies.

It is hoped the Congress organisers will respond promptly to correspondence and bookings and organise a successful conference so that such action is not necessary.

The International Council will make a decision at its next meeting which will be on the first full day of the Congress and prior to the General Meeting."

The resolution was passed unanimously.

The Hon. General Secretary was asked to send a copy of the resolution to all Member Societies and to all enquiries about the Congress.

It was agreed that societies should have paid their annual subscription for 1985 and prepared to pay for 1986 for their representatives to count as official delegates at the General Meeting of Member Societies.

6. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The decision of the President and Hon. General Secretary to agree financial support for one delegate from East Germany and one from Poland was ratified. The Manker Foundation will provide for the cost of full board and Conference Registration Fee.

Owing to disagreements with President the General Secretary stated he continue in the office after the elections at the Congress if the President is re-elected.

The Hon. General Secretary asked if he was required to attend the Congress and the President said it was essential and this was endorsed by the meeting.

Mr. Gunn-King stated that he understood that all meals would be vegan at the Congress and that dairy products would be provided for those delegates requiring them.

[signed]
Gordon Latto
26/3/86