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No One Has Right to Attack Prophet Muhammad: Turkish PM
2006-2-6 6:03:08

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that no one has the right to attack the Prophet Muhammad, semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Erdogan made the comment after protests took place across the Muslim country on Saturday against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by European newspapers.

Erdogan said that he warned Danish premier Anders Fogh Rasmussen after Danish daily Jyllands-Poste first published the 12 cartoons last September, including one showing the Islamic religion's founder wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

"I told him that they were doing wrong. You must not let certain groups act under the justification of 'freedom of expression'," Erdogan told reporters at his ruling Justice and Development Party congress in Istanbul.

"No one should be 'free' to attack Muhammad. You must have a clear stance on the attacks on Muhammad. If you do not have a clear stance, this would hurt the alliance of civilizations," stressed Erdogan.

Erdogan said that the solution to the cartoon controversy is through diplomacy.

"There can not be a solution with weapons or guns. This is what the opponents of the alliance of civilizations want," he said.

"As Turkey, we do not support any violence in response to the cartoons of Muhammad."

The cartoons sparked a huge uproar in Muslim countries, where diplomatic missions of some European countries have been set ablaze, ambassadors recalled and European products boycotted.
(Source: Xinhua)

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