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    CIS RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR PEACEMAKING

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 3, RIA NOVOSTI - A 2nd CIS Interreligious Peacemaking Forum opened in Moscow March 2 to work into March 3. It gathered supreme religious leaders of post-Soviet countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The conferees called the entire clergy for urgent and resolute peacemaking in conflict zones.

    "Religions possess a vast peacemaking potential, especially where interethnic strife is concerned," the forum says in a final statement.

    It calls activists of religions established in conflict-ridden peoples' life to urgently start resolute efforts for peace.

    An executive committee of the Permanent CIS Interreligious Council, established at the forum, will implement forum resolutions, announced Cyril, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations.

    The conferees offered CIS countries' governments every support on the anti-terror cause. "Established religious organisations are doing all they can to thwart the progress of terror and blasphemous use of religious symbolism by terrorists," stresses the final document.

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