15 September 2022, 14:49
Religious leaders call for ending conflicts, bloodshed in the world at congress in Nur-Sultan
Nur-Sultan, September 15, Interfax - The delegates to the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan's Nur-Sultan have adopted a final declaration, an Interfax correspondent reported.
The document was made public at the congress by Jo Bailey Wells, the suffragan bishop of Guilford-Dorking representing the Anglican Church.
The declaration urges world leaders to abandon aggressive and destructive rhetoric destabilizing the world and put an end to conflicts and bloodshed worldwide.
"We call upon religious leaders and prominent political figures from different parts of the world to tirelessly develop dialogue in the name of friendship, solidarity and peaceful coexistence," it said.
Starting any military conflict and fostering hotbeds of tension and confrontation produces a domino effect, which worsens international relations, it said.
"We believe that extremism, radicalism, terrorism and all other forms of violence and wars, whatever their goals, have nothing to do with true religion and must be rejected in the strongest possible terms," the document said.
The congress participants called for actively engaging leaders of world and traditional religions and prominent political figures in conflict settlement processes to achieve long-term stability.
According to the congress organizers, the declaration was accepted by the majority of delegates and will be transmitted to the authorities, political leaders, religious figures around the world, relevant regional and international organizations, and civil society institutions, as well as religious associations and leading experts.
The document will also be distributed as an official document of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.