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DEVELOPMENTS IN AFRICA & MIDEAST -Syrian grand mufti says Islamic clergymen do not permit use of violence.

ANKARA, Feb 24, 2011 (TUR) -- Syria's grand mufti said on Thursday that Islamic clergymen did not permit use of violence.

Sheik Ahmad Badereddine Hassoun said he was not approving the fatwa of some clergymen supporting violence.

Religion was not the cause of developments in the Middle East, but people revolted against the oppression they had faced, Hassoun told a joint press conference with Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara.

Hassoun said Islam prevailed in Egypt and Libya, but people there rebelled against oppression.

Democracies in Turkey and Syria would prevent such revolts because people could always show their will, Hassoun said.

Hassoun said clergymen should rehabilitate people and help them get closer to each other.

The Syrian grand mufti called on Middle Eastern leaders to fulfil justice and respect to rights, and said one could get concerned if people did not enjoy their rights.

Also speaking in the press conference, Gormez said he agreed with Hassoun's views and wished that will of nations would prevail without any bloodshed, violence or harm.

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