11 countries speaking out against Koran burning in Florida

More than 10 countries have now condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of nine years ago. Here is what leaders are saying worldwide.

5. Britain

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Protesters from the Scottish Afghan Society demonstrate outside the US consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland September 9. Members of the society gathered outside the consulate to protest about the proposed burning of the Koran by Florida pastor Terry Jones on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Past and present British leaders have condemned the Florida pastor's plan.

The spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said today that "primarily this is an issue for the US, but clearly the government's view is that we would not condone the burning of any book. ... We would strongly oppose any attempt to offend any member of any religious or ethnic group. We are committed to religious tolerance," the spokesman said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Parliamentarian Greg Mulholland tabled a motion in the House of Commons that "calls on the Government to express its condemnation of the event and support any actions taken by the American administration in reaction to the event and help to prevent a potential violent backlash for troops in Afghanistan,” according to The Telegraph.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has also come out against the proposed event.

"I deplore the act of burning the Koran. It is disrespectful, wrong and will be widely condemned by people of all faiths and none," Mr. Blair said, according to Agence France-Presse.

"You do not have to be a Muslim to share a sense of deep concern at such a disrespectful way to treat the Holy Book of Islam. Rather than burn the Koran, I would encourage people to read it."

About 1.3 million people practice Islam in the United Kingdom, according to the CIA World Factbook.

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