A decision by voters in Switzerland to ban the construction of new mosque minarets will endanger security, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said on Tuesday.
"In any event, we are concerned by this vote," she told a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "The reality of our societies, in Europe and in the world (is that) every blow to the co-existence of different cultures and religions also endangers our security."
In a shock result, more than 57 percent of voters approved a referendum motion to ban minarets brought by right-wing groups, including the Swiss People's Party, the country's biggest.
The outcome triggered widespread accusations of intolerance, especially in Muslim countries and among Switzerland's European neighbours as well as the UN's human rights chief.
However, it was also hailed by leaders of other populist anti-immigrant parties in Europe who suggested they might do the same at home.
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