UN: Quran Burners Should Be Punished

Both UN and Afghan officials are urging the US to take disciplinary action against those who burned Muslim holy books

The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said Thursday that the U.S. should take disciplinary action against those in the military who participated in burning Muslim holy books.

“We were very concerned, as the UN, that the international military by mistake allowed this kind of desecration of the holy Quran,” UN Special Representative Jan Kubis said. “After this apology, after these investigations, disciplinary action should follow. Those that were behind this grave mistake should be held accountable for it.”

More than 30 people in Afghanistan have been killed and many more wounded by U.S.-supported Afghan security forces trying to quell the angry protests that have erupted in response to the burning of the U.S. military’s burning of the Quran. Six Americans have now been killed and at least 15 wounded in attacks since the desecration was revealed.

A joint statement by the Afghan delegations assigned to probe the book burning incident said “NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible.” Whether or not those promises were intended to be fulfilled is not yet known.

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