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Merkel calls for dialogue between religions

Other News Materials 17 September 2012 14:54
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for harmony between religions and denounced violence caused over the past week by a video mocking Islam as "no way to settle" differences.
Merkel calls for dialogue between religions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for harmony between religions and denounced violence caused over the past week by a video mocking Islam as "no way to settle" differences.

"We appeal for a peaceful coexistence of religions, both in Germany and worldwide," she told a Berlin news conference.

"Freedom of religion means that everyone should exercise their religion freely, but violence is no way to express differing opinions," she said. "Things must be settled in a peaceful way, through discourse, through dialogue."

Merkel explained that a ban announced by her government on further visits to Germany by Terry Jones, a radical US Christian pastor who has spoken out in favour of the video, was designed to limit unrest.

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