The teaching of the Qur'an that life is a process of progressive creation necessitates that each generation, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors, should be permitted to solve its own problems.

(The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam)

Speech of Bosnian Ambassador:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your excellences, dear friends, It makes me special honour and great pleasure to address you on the occasion of anniversary of birthday of famous poet and philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal. His life and work represents an everlasting inspiration and extraordinary contribution to dialog of cultures, to culture of dialog and promotes better mutual understanding, among people of different religions, cultures and civilisations. In very beginning of the 21 century, changing world is faced with new challenge, a challenge of globalisation with its different aspects: economic, political, military, defence and security dimension, and of course, cultural. Globalisation is common understood as threat or as opportunity or both in the same time. The obvious fact about all could agree is globalisation as a challenge for individuals and society as whole. What outcome could bee from process of globalisation when differences with respective values meet in certain society without previous experience of multicultural interference? The particular question is why the cultural conflicts emerges and how to settle them in such a society where is no long tradition of diversity, and with immigrant population coming from societies with different culture and values? We have to admit that complex societies have no simple formula for function in peace and harmony. But permanent dialog and respect for different values increases mutual understanding and erases prejudices. Culture of dialog and mutual respect should replace the monologue and xenophobia. We need an old Latin sentence to live in daily life:" audiatur at altera pars"- let other be heard. That's why dialog as way to listen others. Intercultural dialog is "condition sine qua non" for sustainable and non conflict society. Taking need for dialog seriously, we in Bosnia and Herzegovina launched a new initiative, in efforts to involve and strength intercultural and interfaith dialog in society. New founded Inter religious Council summons four leading representatives of main world religions: Christian Catholics, Christian Orthodox, Islam and Judaism. The idea to act through inter religious council is clear massage and true will expressed by religious leaders to contribute the process of reconciliation in society and open the door for broad dialog between different cultures and religions for better mutual understanding. The main objective of its activities is to prevent social conflicts and tensions based on misunderstandings and prejudices. Identity of Europe and identity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, both are based upon religious, cultural, ethnic and language differences. But differences are inspiration for dialog not for conflicts; differences are sources for mutual enlargement of political dialog, where diplomacy in particular is involved and differences are inspiration for communications and mutual understanding among the individuals, despite religious and cultural affiliations. Our common aim is to learn living in harmony with differences. Intercultural and interfaith dialog have to be broadly extended and promoted. Mutual respect and understanding among social groups with different cultural background involving the media, education system and non-government sector in society, has key importance to achieve this aim. Enhanced policies of cultural activities that comprise all those elements are proper instruments for solving critical social disputes that could lead to serious conflicts in multicultural societies. Differences should understand as advantage, as welfare, that creates diversity of cultural benefits. The role of different cultures and religions for enhancing co-operation and dialog among individuals in certain society and nations as well on global stage has never been so important as today. Clear massages from Council of Europe and each member state, that tolerance and good neighbourhood are necessary, have major influence to improve dialog in Europe society and on the broad stage, as key for better understanding and resolving difficult situations, and conflicts despite of political, social, economical or cultural roots. Bosnia and Herzegovina as European country that meets East and West, Islam and Christianity, has the crucial interest to promote and enhance the concept of multicultural society and expresses decisive commitment and redness for co-operation and fully supports enlargement of intercultural and interfaith dialog as our share to this process in next tree years, especially, in 2008 , that is announced for Year of intercultural dialog. Ending this speech, I would like to express my personal hope that life, work and light of Iqbal s massage will be inspiration and enlightenment for new generations to think and work towards world peace and humanity.

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