Anti-Islam film: UN, EU condemn attacks on Western missions

BRUSSELS: 

The United Nations and European Union on Saturday condemned attacks on Western embassies in Arab and Muslim countries over an anti-Islam movie.  

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged leaders in Arab and Muslim countries to “call immediately for peace and restraint”.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the attacks against [Western] diplomatic missions in several countries,” she said in a statement.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso earlier condemned Friday’s attacks on the British and German embassies in Khartoum as unacceptable and against “the rules of the civilised world.”

“Nothing justifies these kinds of attacks,” Barroso said, noting that at a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday, he had equally condemned the attacks on Islam which have sparked widespread protests in the Muslim world.

Ashton said “there can be no justification for such violence,” which has led to several deaths and destruction of property.

“I call on national authorities in all countries concerned to swiftly ensure the security of diplomatic missions and protect diplomatic staff,” the EU’s top diplomat said.

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