UN-Interfaith Conference

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Countries attending a U.N. interfaith conference have rejected the use of religion to justify acts of terrorism, the killing of innocent civilians, violence and coercion. A declaration agreed to by participants from 80 nations at the high-level meeting expresses concern at "serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, expressions of hatred and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths.''

The participants "underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs.'' U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon read the declaration near the end of the two-day meeting Thursday.