A planned meeting with the Oxford León Association this evening, to be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Colin Cook, has been cancelled following the withdrawal of the Mayor of Leon, Roger Gurdian.
Councillor John Tanner, Chair of the Oxford León Association said: “We are disappointed that the Mayor of Leon has withdrawn from a planned meeting this evening of the Oxford León Association and as a result the meeting has been cancelled. Oxford City Council had communicated its position that it was not appropriate that the Ambassador of Nicaragua should attend given recent events in Nicaragua. As a consequence, the Leon Mayor, Roger Gurdian, has also pulled out.
“The Oxford Leon Association will continue to do what we can to help poor people in Leon and to build friendships between the citizens of Leon and Oxford where we can. But this is a significant setback for the thirty year twinning link between our two university cities.”
In April two musicians from León, Franklin Martinez and Luis Ernesto Jarquín Vega, visited Oxford schools and the same month the annual Misa Campesina was held in Blackfriars in Oxford. The lively peasants’ mass originated in Nicaragua. In July a sponsored swim in Hinksey Park raised over £2,500 for projects to help poor people in and around Leon.