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Another meeting of religious leaders in Egypt

A dozen Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders issued a joint declaration here declaring the killing of innocents a desecration of God's name and defamation of religion, the Jerusalem Post reported. The three-day gathering, organized by Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, was billed by him and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior, another driving force behind the conference, as historic.

The declaration, which Carey called the "First Alexandria Declaration of the Religious Leaders of the Holy Land," included a seven-point pledge by the leaders to use their "religious and moral authority to work for an end to the violence and the resumption of the peace process."

The final draft of the declaration was sent to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on Monday afternoon for his approval before the Palestinians in the delegation signed it.

Although representatives of the three religions signed the document, different clauses in it are open to different interpretations.

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