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14TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN, 2007

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Main subject of the Assembly: «The Inter-religious dialogue as a factor of peaceful and fair relationships among peoples»

The 14th I.A.O General Assembly was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan 20 – 23 June 2007.

Parliamentary delegations from the following parliaments – members of the I.A.O participated in the General Assembly: Greece, Russian Federation, Cyprus, Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, as well as members of Parliaments from Sudan and Uganda. Members of the Parliament of Montenegro participated in the Assembly with the status of observers.

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Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions welcomed and addressed the Assembly and read a greeting message of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbaev.

In addition, His Eminence Antonii Archbishop of Urals and Guriev from the Russian Orthodox Church, Mr. Absattar Derbisali, President of the Muslim spiritual administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Eminence Mr. Tomash Peta Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Astana, Mr. K.S. Soultanov, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. E.L. Togzhanov, Chairman of the Committee on Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mr. M.S. Tashibaev, Head of the Directorate for International organisations and cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan were invited and participated in the works of the Assembly. Greeting messages by His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as well as by the Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, Alexios II, and His Eminence the Metropolitan Methodios of Astana and Almaty were addressed during the inaugural ceremony.

The following reports were presented on the central subject: