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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

UN chief condemns desecration of holy Quran

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has condemned recent burning of holy Quran in a U.S. church in Florida, adding that " such actions cannot be condoned by any religion," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

Ban issued the statement in a meeting on Tuesday with a group of ambassadors representing countries in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the spokesman said.

The secretary-general said "such actions contradict the efforts of the United Nations and many people around the world to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions."

Terry Jones, pastor of a church in Gainesville, Florida, oversaw the burning of a copy of the Islamic holy book on March 20. The church had threatened to burn multiple copies of the Quran last year to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Reiterating the UN high representative of the Alliance of Civilizations' statement on the desecration of any holy text, Ban said "no religion tolerates the slaughter of innocent people."

Meanwhile, protests erupted throughout Afghanistan following news of the Quran burning that resulted in deadly violence.

On April 1, protesters in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan overran a UN compound and killed seven international staff working with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Ban added that such an attack cannot be justified under any circumstance, the UN spokesman said.

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