Parliamentary Assembly session : 21-25 June 2004 

Kjell Magne Bondevik calls for dialogue between cultures and religions

23.06.2004 - We should not let differences in culture or beliefs take a negative direction and develop into conflict, the Norwegian Prime Minister told the Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr Bondevik called on political leaders to help build bridges between the different faiths and cultures in an increasingly multicultural Europe.

He urged them to promote and protect the Council of Europe's fundamental values - human dignity, the rule of law and mutual respect and reconciliation – since these were vital in supporting reconciliation and preventing conflicts.

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