World's Religious Leaders Hope Faith Could Assist Int'l Security
07-24-2018    Xinhua
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, September 12, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Astana</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Kazakhstan</st1:country-region></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US> -- Religious leaders from 20 countries expressed hope on Tuesday that faith would soon play a bigger role in improving international security.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>They aired the view at the Second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which opened early in the day in the Kazakh capital Astana.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We should exert the unique rallying force of every religion to awaken the people's inherent kindness, banish their evil thoughts and make shared contributions to building a beautiful and harmonious, earthly pure land," said Jiamuyang Luosangjiumei Tudanquejinima, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Jiamuyang's idea won widespread approval from the participants, including secular leaders present at the meeting.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We should develop inter-confession dialogues", he said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"As leaders of religions, we should find a bridge of mutual understanding in order to solve all conflicts with the help of religious efforts, but not diplomacy and policy," said Jona Mecger, chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Mahathir Mohammad, former prime minister of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Malaysia</st1:country-region></st1:place>, said people should not use conflict as a tool to resolve problems.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"War is not the answer. Only owing to religion and trust people can adjust differences through negotiation," he said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Abdullah bin Abdulmohsin Al-Turki, secretary general of the World Muslim League, said things would go wrong if terrorism was rashly connected with certain peoples or religions.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We should fight together all kinds of terrorism," he said, seeing dialogue between different confessions as the most important medium for solving problems.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Rt Revd Nick Baines, bishop of Croydon from the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">United Kingdom</st1:country-region></st1:place>, said the religious leaders must take real action rather than sitting around merely for "dialogue or talks".</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>At the opening session of the two-day congress, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, chairman of the forum, saluted the dialogue-seeking religious leaders.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I am glad to meet religious leaders whose main mission is to call all people on the planet for peace, mercy and accord," said Nazarbayev, who considers his country a model for peaceful coexistence between different religions.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Conflicts between states, economic groups and some politicians might often give rise to contradictions between religions, he said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The road up to this stage of our civilization has not been a straight line," said Alejo Vidal-Quadras, vice president of the European Parliament.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He said the world should uphold the moral values of freedom and condemn intolerance.</SPAN></SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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