Iran condemns ban call from Dutch politician

The Iranian Embassy in The Hague on Thursday condemned a proposal by Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) to ban the Koran.

 Iran condemns ban call from Dutch politician
The Iranian Embassy in The Hague on Thursday condemned a proposal by Dutch politician Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) to ban the Koran.

With its statement, the Iranian embassy was responding to a letter authored by Wilders that appeared in the Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant on Wednesday.

In its statement, the Iranian embassy called upon Dutch politicians to take a stand against forces threatening to divide society.

"The world needs empathy, dialogue and tolerance," a representative of the embassy told reporters. She also added the statement was not sent to the Dutch government.

On Wednesday evening, the Dutch government distanced itself from Wilders' proposal to ban the Koran. Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen, a Christian Democrat, added that Wilders had "crossed the line of what is proper."

On Thursday, the Justice Ministry confirmed a second lawyer had filed a complaint against Wilders, arguing that Wilders' statements violated Dutch law.


DPA
Last Mod: 09 Ağustos 2007, 15:36
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