The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

UN leader condemns 'hateful' anti-Islam film


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations (UN) leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned the "hateful" anti-Islam film that he said was deliberately intended to incite bigotry.

Mr Ban is "deeply disturbed" by the eruption of deadly anti-United States (US) violence in Libya and other Middle East countries caused by the film which mocks Islam, a UN spokesman Vannina Maestracci said.

"Nothing justifies such killings and attacks. He condemns the hateful film that appears to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed," the spokesman added.

"At this time of rising tensions, the secretary general calls for calm and restraint, and stresses the need for dialogue, mutual respect and understanding."