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UN mission in Afghanistan demands punishment for Quran burner

(Xinhua)

10:36, March 02, 2012

KABUL, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan on Thursday called on the international military forces in the country to take disciplinary action against those who burned Quran in a U.S. military base in Afghanistan recently.

"My only, indeed, request is that after the first step, very important step, profound apology there must be the second step drawing the consequences, after the investigation will be completed and indeed appropriate disciplinary action," Jan Kubis, special representative for the UN secretary-general in Afghanistan, told reporters in a press conference here.

"Only after this, after such a disciplinary action, can the international forces say 'yes, we're sincere' in our apology'," Kubis further said calling the incident a "big mistake".

At least three demonstrators were killed and over 40 others injured when protesters, who staged a demonstration to condemn Quran burning, attacked the United Nations office in northern Kunduz province on Saturday.

The attack prompted the UN mission in the country to relocate its international staff from Kunduz province.

However, Kubis said that it was a temporary relocation that takes place inside Afghanistan and will be for a limited period of time.

In the six-day protests against the alleged Quran burning by U. S. military in Bagram 50 km north of Kabul, which began on Tuesday Feb. 21 and continued until Sunday Feb. 26, more than 30 people were killed and over 180 others were injured across the country.

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