Spain condemns Koran burning plan as 'insult' to Muslims
The Spanish government on Thursday condemned a US clergyman's plan to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks as being "an insult" to Muslims.
"We must avoid that this date, in which we remember the victims and serves as a stimulus to continue to fight terrorism with determination, be used by those who spread division and confrontation to offend the feelings and the deepest convictions of millions of people," a foreign ministry statement said.
"The government of Spain adds its voice to those who condemn the plan, which is an outrage against those who practice the Islamic religion and that is also a provocation to those who defend freedom of religion and beliefs and fight against intolerance and discrimination," it added.
"The Spanish government is confident that the various expressions of condemnation that this initiative has elicited among religious leaders of all faiths, politicians and social movements, will discourage its promoters from carrying it out."
US officials have led international calls for pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, to abandon his plan to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday.
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