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Religious dialogue key to peace, says Indonesian president
uusjio | June 24, 2008 at 09:21 pmby
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"The fact is that none of the world's great religions teach violence," Yudhoyono was quoted by AFP as saying.
Economic or political complaints usually lay at the root of conflict but "these grievances become so much more powerful when mixed with religious fervour," Yudhoyono said.
The leader of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country praised the muted response of Muslims to the release earlier this year of the anti-Islam film "Fitna" by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, but said restraint was not enough to achieve lasting peace.
"We need to foster a culture that gives a premium to moderation and tolerance," he said, adding that dialogue also required respect for other relgions' sacred traditions.
Foreign leaders who sent addresses to the conference, organised by local Muslim mass organisation Muhammadiyah, backed Yudhoyono's call for deeper understanding.
"I believe dialogue between cultures and faiths is profoundly important for harmony and peace. It's vital to building a critical mass of voices that reject violence and respect human dignity," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a pre-recorded video.
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