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Asia-Pacific interfaith talks yield Semarang Plan of Action

  • Ainur Rohmah

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Fri, March 16 2012   /  11:57 am

The five-day Asia-Pacific interfaith dialogue forum held in Semarang, Central Java, was officially closed on Thursday, having produced an agreement dubbed the Semarang Plan of Action, which underlines the urgent need for participating countries to take concrete action to solve issues of tolerance and pluralism.

The plan of action basically highlights the common views shared by the 13 participating countries within the Asia-Pacific region on five aspects, namely the involvement of leaders of religious communities, civil society, youth, education and media and communication in the dialogue process.

“We do not specifically give recommendations for government policies, but as a result of the shared common views we came up with, the plan of action’s implementation will differ from one country to another,” Indonesian delegate Elga Joan Sarapung said on the sidelines of the ...