Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday urged the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to harmonize their religious beliefs
towards a peaceful and religious violence free region.
at the opening of the 8th ASEAN socio-cultural community council
meeting at the capital's Peace Palace, the premier pushed the region to
conduct studies in order to find ways for religious harmony.
"We have seen that religious conflict has been spreading in the world and it has just flowed into our ASEAN region," he said.
violence and mutually brutal killings among different religious
believers in some of ASEAN member states in the recent past are a new
event that is attracting interest from international community," he
said without specifically identifying countries in religious conflicts.
premier said that it was very important to give attention to religious
issues in order to ensure stability, sustainability and harmony on
religious beliefs in the bloc.
"The strengthening of religious
harmony in our region is the most necessary task," he said, adding that
the bloc should not underestimate such conflict.
Meanwhile, he also hailed his country for no religious row even though there are multi-religions existing in the society.
the time being, Cambodia is fortunate because the country has never had
religious violence even though 96 percent of the country's population
is Buddhist, 2 percent is Muslim, and the remaining 2 percent is
Christian and other religions," he said.
Founded in 1967, ASEAN
groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.