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The Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Russian Federation comments on the Mazar-i-Sharif attack

The Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Russian Federation has released a commentary in connection with an attack on the UN representation in Afghanistan on the 1st of April:

Massive demonstrations were held on the 1st of April in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif turning into violent riots.

The outburst of protests was caused by reports from the USA on an American religious functionary calling for staging burning of the Koran.

Those who took part in the rally attacked the premises of the UN representation in Mazar-i-Sharif despite the fact that the UN had no relation whatsoever to those Islamophobic calls. As a result, some people have been killed or wounded. Russian citizen Pavel O. Ershov, an employee of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, was injured and is currently hospitalized. Russian diplomats went to the site of the accident to ensure he received all the aid he needed.

While reiterating respect for Muslims religious feelings, we consider the attack on the UN representation in Mazar-i-Sharif, the murder and inflicting injuries on the UN employees absolutely inadmissible. We resolutely condemn these crimes and call upon the Afghanistans law-enforcement bodies and the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) to take all necessary measures
to suppress violence against the UN and its employees who are deployed in Afghanistan to render assistance to the country and its people.

Kathmandu, March 4, 2011