Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev “considers the acts of burning the Quran in a number of Nordic countries as an unacceptable provocation that might fuel tension in the modern world and undermine trust between peoples and states”, the statement from his press service reads.
The statement reminds us that ** Kazakhstan is the initiator of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions ( This forum has become “a platform for effective and constructive dialogue between prominent representatives of traditional religions and confessions”.
Tokayev believes that “the increasing incidents of religious vandalism and irresponsible behaviour of citizens of the respective states should be subjected to unanimous condemnation as actions that are contrary to the universally accepted norms of peaceful coexistence of states and religions”. He also urged the UN General Assembly to also speak out on this issue.
Today EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell issued his own statement condemning the acts of burning the Quran by individuals in Sweden and Denmark.
“The desecration of the Quran, or of any other book considered holy, is offensive, disrespectful and a clear provocation. Expressions of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance have no place in the European Union,” his statement emphasised.
According to it, the EU continues “to stand up for freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression, abroad and at home”.
“But not everything that is legal is ethical,” Borrell stressed.
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