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ASEAN Ministers Speak Out Against Profiling Muslims

29 July 2005 -- Foreign ministers attending an Asian security meeting have been speaking out against stereotyping Muslims as terrorists.

The remarks came at the end of six days of talks by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, in the Laotian capital Vientiane.

Foreign ministers at the forum said they are worried that the West is increasingly profiling Muslims as terrorists. They said that terrorism should not be identified with any religion.

(ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Representatives from the international community, including the EU, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States also attended the forum.)