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NATO renews condemnation of Quran burning

NATO renews condemnation of Quran burning

Apr 03, 2011 - 17:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The NATOinfo-icon-led mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon on Sunday reiterated its condemnation of the Quraninfo-icon burning by a US Christian preacher in a Florida church March 20.

The condemnation came as protests against the burning entered a third day on Sunday, with the Talibaninfo-icon calling on people to rise up, blaming government forces for violence.

The desecration at a small US church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan many of the demonstrations have turned into deadly riots. Protests in the north and south in recent days have killed 20 people.

"We feel it is important on behalf of ISAFinfo-icon and NATO members in Afghanistan to condemn disrespect to the Holy Qu'ran and the Muslim faith. We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the holy book," the alliance said in a statement

It also offered condolences to families of those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the incident.

"We further hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the holy Qu'ran, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people," the statement said.

In southern Kandahar city on Sunday, hundreds took to the streets for the second day in a row, and hospital officials said 20 people were hurt in skirmishes between police and demonstrators.

On Saturday, nine people were killed and 80 injured when a protest turned into a riot. pr/ma

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