UNAMA Spokesperson on Danish cartoons and Dutch film
5 March 2008 - We share the concern of Afghan people over the controversy that has been created by the publication of the Danish cartoons and the Dutch film.
We have always believed that the freedom of the media entails full respect for the religious beliefs and tenets of all religions, including the holy religion of Islam.
We believe in the importance of overcoming misunderstandings and animosities between people of different beliefs and cultural traditions through peaceful dialogue and mutual respect. In this regard we welcome the measured and principled declaration from the members of the Wolesi Jirga on this issue.
It is vital that we recognise that the actions of one cartoonist and another film maker do not characterize or reflect the overarching nature of international engagement with Afghanistan and its Government which has always been based on mutual respect and understanding.