Quran row: UN asks Afghans to act with restraint
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 20:29
United Nations: United Nations' mission in Afghanistan has deplored the attack on its compound in the city of Kunduz by protesters infuriated over the incident of Quran burning, and asked citizens to avoid actions that could allow "enemies of peace" to get an upper hand in the crisis.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said no UN staff members were hurt and all were accounted for in the incident yesterday.

"UNAMA would like to reiterate the United Nations deep respect for Islam and understanding for the feelings of Muslims at the desecration of the Holy Qur'an," the mission said in a release.

It said "although caused by legitimate defence, the United Nations also regrets the casualties among the demonstrators and expresses condolences to the families of those who lost their lives".

The mission urged those who wished to express their legitimate religious sentiments to reject calls to engage in violence, exercise restraint and avoid demonstrations that could allow "enemies of peace" to take advantage of the situation.

It said the people of Afghanistan invited the UN to work for peace, stability and security of the country, adding that the organisation is determined to continue helping Afghans achieve those objectives.

"In this, the United Nations staff should enjoy the full protection of the people and authorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan".

The burning of Islam's holy book by NATO forces sparked massive and violent protests in Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of several Afghan civilians.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 20:29

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