Khanbhai attends faith talks Oct03
Conservative MEP for Eastern Region, is attending religious talks in
Istanbul to discuss the construction of a New Europe after enlargement of
the European Union in 2004.
Themes at Istanbul
include the prospects for integrating and promoting religious values in
the new European Constitution, which are currently excluded in the draft,
and the role of the various churches in preparing clergy and the general
public for the European Elections.
in the dialogue include representatives from churches and religions
throughout the world, the Turkish Government, the Italian Presidency of
the European Union and national political parties.
from Istanbul, Mr. Khanbhai said:
discussion is significant as it ensures a continuous dialogue between
Muslims and Christians. The fact that it is being held in Istanbul is
symbolic as a city which bridges western and eastern Europe as well as
Islam and Christianity.
dialogue is also important as a means of encouraging the churches in
accession states, such as Bulgaria and Romania, to take action for the
development of civil society, human rights, democracy and the quality of
life for people in their country."