Kazakh President urges to stop armed conflicts

June 10. Tengrinews

Reporting by Assemgul Kassenova, writing by Dinara Urazova

Kazakh President urges to stop armed conflictsPresident of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said that the final declaration of the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions had to include several appeals, a Tengrinews correspondent reports.

“The Congress will adopt the final declaration. I propose including a number of important appeals, reflecting the pain and hope of billions of people across the planet: stop all the military conflicts and declare a truce. All the warring parties need to sit down at the negotiation table to work out agreements to cease the violence, protect civilians and find peaceful resolution of the conflicts. Kazakhstan is doing everything to can to reconcile conflicting parties in different parts of the world,” Nazarbayev said at the Congress in Astana on June 10.

He stressed that countries must resolutely reject the use of force as way of approaching political differences. “It is important to urge political leaders of all the major powers to work towards stopping the growth of the abyss of distrust in the modern world. It is necessary to lift mutual sanctions, from which the third world countries and ordinary people suffer the most. It is important to warn the world against the risk of return to the Cold War stereotypes in the XXI century. Today it is necessary to use mechanisms of the UN and other international organizations to resolve conflicts, ending wars and conflicts,” the Kazakh President said.

According to President Nazarbayev, it was necessary to stop the practice of using the media, including the Internet, to incite sectarian strife between people. “We need to increase the moral responsibility of the owners and publishers of the media. It is necessary to unite efforts to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, epidemics and unemployment. All this must be part of a new security architecture in a harmonious world,” he concluded.


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Nazarbayev slams social networks, Internet, pseudo-culture

June 10. Tengrinews

Reporting by Assemgul Kassenova, writing by Dinara Urazova

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his speech at the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana raised the problem of deterioration of spiritual and moral values, a Tengrinews correspondent reports.

“It is impossible to overlook the global problems of deterioration of spiritual and moral values. Through the media, social networks and the Internet there spread profanity, mockery of the spiritual principles of people, criminal immorality, permissiveness, vulgar examples of the so-called mass culture,” Nazarbayev declared.

“The currents of such pseudo-culture are particularly painful to immature souls of our youth, they undermine the family traditions, destroy the connection between generations. All of these are critical challenges of our time,” he said.

The President of Kazakhstan said that the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions was a placed to discuss ways of solving these and many other problems.


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Nazarbayev compares religions

June 11. Tengrinews

Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Dinara Urazova

Nursultan Nazarbayev has spoken about common elements of various world religions at the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, Tengrinews reports.

“The phenomenon of stability, preservation of influence of religious teachings in the age of technological revolutions was very accurately explained by XX century Italian writer Cesare Pavese. He wrote that religion is a belief that everything that happens to us is extremely important. That is why it will always exist. But does this mean that human development will invariably be tied to religious differences, hostility, conflict, sectarian war? I do not think so,” Nazarbayev declared.

“According to Mahatma Gandhi, God has no religion. “Our church walls do not reach the skies,” famous XIX century philosopher Plato Gorodetsky said. The thousand-year history of theological debates – they were only verbal disputes until politicians turned them into wars and conflicts,” the Kazakh President said.

Nazarbayev stressed that all religions of the world were calling for restraint, patience, non-violence and harmony. “The Holy Qur’an says that killing one person is tantamount to killing all mankind and that one should think about peace for all mankind and be at peace with all men. The Christian New Testament contains a similar appeal. Ancient Indian Upanishads call for responsibility for all human acts: “When a blade of grass is ripped – the universe shudders.” True faith is only that which motivates a person for love, compassion and kindness. It is an enduring and eternal truth,” he said.

According to him, in the foreseeable future ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural differences will remain. Which means that people should look for ways of tolerance, patience and respect for each other, he said.

“I agree with Pope Francis, who said ‘that which unites us – is much greater than that which divides us’. I am sure that inter-ethnic, inter-religious conflicts are caused by erroneous policies, which destroy countries, people and societies. Today, we see it happen in different parts of the world. But mutual attraction of people, mutual desire to learn each others languages, cultures, spiritual world, to develop trade and good neighborly relations are lingering things. Spiritual political leaders can work together to make the world more wholesome and tolerant,” he said.


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Religious leaders should inculcate tolerance and forgiveness in their congregations: Nazarbayev

June 11. Tengrinews

Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Dinara Urazova

Nursultan Nazarbayev has urged religious leaders to call on their followers for peace, tolerance and forgiveness, Tengrinews reports.

Speaking at the second meeting of religious leaders during the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, the President of Kazakhstan said that the number of internal military conflicts where warring parties used religious identification as a key dividing factor had decreased.

“We cannot but be concerned that one of these conflicts in Yemen erupted near major Muslim holy places, the cradle of the Islamic world – Mecca and Medina. Campaigns of extremist groups are causing enmity between the followers of different faiths and splitting many societies in Africa and Asia,” the President said.

“Anxiety is also caused by reports of damage to the temples during shelling of towns and villages in the east of Ukraine. Secondly, the threat of global terrorism has grown more dangerous and taken the shape of campaigns of the so-called Islamic State. Under the influence of pseudo-religious views militants deliberately destroy cultural heritage, thousands of years of civilization in Iraq and Syria. They make and distribute through the Internet horrific videos of public executions of followers of other religions, journalists and volunteers,” he said.

He also spoke about the role of social networks in undermining of religious values and attacks on religious figures.

According to him, all the religions of the world advocated restraint, patience, cessation of wars, conflicts, peace and harmony between people.

“Islam is one of the most tolerant religions. The attempts to use Islam to justify any form of extremism and terrorism are blasphemous. In this difficult time I call on all religious leaders to redouble their efforts to promote peace, harmony, tolerance, and forgiveness amidst their congregations. Any nation is alive and great as long as it knows how to appreciate and preserve its unity,” Nazarbayev concluded.