UNITED NATIONS: - The UN General Assembly's inter-faith meeting opens Wednesday, with delegates frocuing not on religion but on efforts to promote unity in this troubled world to save the humanity. "This meeting is not to talk about religion or theology," assmbly president  Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann told a press conference on Tuesday, ahead of the two-day High-Level Meeting on the Culture of Peace. D'Escoto, a former Nicaraguan foreign minister who himself is a priest,  said that religion is a very divisive subject and that's why the meeting will concentrate on common ethical values to make a common front against hunger, ignorance and disease. "People talk about bailing out the Wall Street when, in fact, humanity needs to be bailed out," he added. More than 60 heads of state/government, foreign ministers and high officials, including President Aif Ali Zardari, who arrived Tuesday afternoon, will be attending the meeting, which is expected to iassue a statement after its concluding session on Thursday. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are among those who are participating. Israeli President Shimon Peres, who will be accompanied by his Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, will represent Israel at the meeting. India will be represented by the country's Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahmed. The assembly president was asked whether he believed that the General Assembly should ban any sort of defamation of religions and how such a move would impact on freedom of expression. "Yes, I believe that defamation of religion should be banned," he said. No one should try to defame Islam or any other religion, he said, adding: "We should respect religions." The high-level meeting is taking place at the initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.    The assembly president rejected a correspondent's suggestion that the meeting was aimed at forging an Arab-israeli front against the growing influence of Iran, saying, "What we are only trying to do is to forge a front against ignorance, hunger and disease." Asked to comment on reports that U.S. military forces have used secret authority to conduct previously undisclosed attacks on al-Qaeda in Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere since 2004, he said such strikes were violation of the U.N. Charter. Nations must respect others' sovereignty and territorial integrity, D'Escoto said, adding, such acts even amount to be acts of aggression. At an earlier press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  commended Saudi Arabian King Abdullah's initiave in calling for an inter-faith dialogue. "It is a commendable initiative," the UN chief said. A statement will be issued at the end of the meeting on Thursday. Pakistan and the Philippines have provided a draft as discussions among delegates proceed. Asked whether he will try to arrange a meeting between King Abdullah, whose country does not rcognize Israel, with the Israeli president, the UN chief said would not take such an initiative. But he said those leaders would be in the same room and could interact with each other. The participants will also be together at a dinner he is hosting tonight.