Dalai Lama Calls for Continuous Dialogue Between Religions

October 11th 2006

Prague, Czech Republic 10 Oct 2006 (AFP) - Tibet's religious and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama, called for a continuous dialogue between religions to avoid conflict at a conference here on 'The Risks of Globalisation'.

'In the past, like today, there have been divisions in the name of religion' and to overcome them 'we should have a continuous dialogue between different religions,' he said during this year's session of the Forum 2000 conference, presided over by former Czech president Vaclav Havel.

'It is not easy to control extremists,' the Dalai Lama added in response to a question during part of the debate devoted to the links between terrorism and Islam.

The conference brought together a panel of political experts, intellectuals and religious leaders, including the rabbi and Israeli parliament member, Michael Melchior; French Bishop Michel Dubost and the Malaysian lawmaker and head of the ASEAN interparliamentary caucus Burma caucus, Zaid Ibrahim.

After the conference, the Dalai Lama took part in a 'multi-confessional meditation' in the Catholic Church of the Holy Savior in the centre of the Czech capital.

The Dalai Lama was due Wednesday to preside over a public conference in a Prague sports hall.

The 10th international Forum 2000 conference opened on Sunday evening, bringing together its traditional mixture of liberal-democrat intellectuals and politicians to discuss the 'dilemmas of global coexistence' over the following three days.

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