Obama says Afghan killings "outrageous"
WASHINGTON (PAN): US president Barack Obama said on Saturday the killings in Afghanistan after a fundamentalist Christian US preacher burned a holy Quran were "outrageous", calling the desecration of the holy text an act of bigotry.
"The desecration of any holy text, including the Quran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry," Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity," he said.
“No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a dishonorable and deplorable act,” Obama said.
“Now is a time to draw upon the common humanity that we share, and that was so exemplified by the UN workers who lost their lives trying to help the people of Afghanistan,” he said referring to the 10 people who died in an attack on the compound of the United Nations in Mazar-i-Sharif.
“Today, the American people honor those who were lost in the attack on the United Nations in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Once again, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed, and to the people of the nations that they came from,” Obama said.
Meanwhile the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, expressed shock and deep sadness about the violent attack against the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Mazar-i-Sharif, on 1st April 2011, as well as the killing earlier this week of a United Nations Volunteer deployed in the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI).
“This is a great loss for the United Nations family,” he said in a statement, condemning in the strongest terms these attacks, during which staff members and nationals were killed and injured.
He reaffirmed the support of the General Assembly to UNAMA and the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well to ONUCI and the people and Government of Côte d'Ivoire.
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