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Karzai called the insults to the faith of 1.5 billion Muslims, the "depravity of fanatics," and added: "Such acts can never be justified as freedom of speech or expression."

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said violence could not be condoned, but he added that "the international community must not become (a) silent observer and should criminalize such acts that destroy the peace of the world and endanger the world security by misusing freedom of expression."

Egypt's new president, Mohamed Mursi, said freedom of expression carried with it responsibilities, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of the world's most-populous Muslim-majority nation, Indonesia, called for a binding international treaty to "prevent incitement to hostility or violence based on religions or beliefs."

Earlier on Tuesday in Geneva, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation - the world's largest Islamic body, representing 56 countries - called for expressions of "Islamophobia" to be curbed by law in the same way as some countries restrict anti-Semitic speech or Holocaust denial.

Obama offered no fresh ideas on how to solve two crises - the civil war in Syria and the suspicion that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons - that the U.N. Security Council has been unable to resolve.

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