Sunday, February 17, 2008

Terhan Demand Apology From Visiting Danish MPs


Would be visitors that is, the Danes quite rightly have told Tehran to go forth and multiply, we will stop at home.

Reading the story it could well be the purpose of the visit that has caused the Iranians to set preconditions and stumbling blocks for the Danes, but no doubt Iran would have relished the propaganda coup if the Danes had caved.

Hardly likely, the Danes are starting to get seriously pissed with the whole nine yards.

Danish MPs have cancelled a trip to Iran after Tehran demanded they apologise for the republication of cartoons deemed offensive to Islam.

Two days before the scheduled trip, Tehran demanded the MPs condemn the cartoon on their arrival in Iran.

The row follows the arrest on Tuesday of three men for allegedly planning to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

The following day, 11 Danish papers reprinted his drawing depicting the Prophet with a bomb in his turban.

A condemnation and apology would help convince the Iranian people that Denmark's authorities had distanced themselves from the action, Iran's parliament said in a letter to Danish MPs.

Nine members of Denmark's foreign affairs committee were due to arrive in Iran on Monday for a three-day trip focusing on human rights and the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

"We are not the ones to apologise," said Villy Soevndal, the leader of Denmark's Socialist People's Party.

"If anyone needs to apologise for freedom of speech, human rights, imprisonments, executions and lack of democracy, it is the Iranians."

Denmark's foreign minister has backed the parliamentarians' decision not to travel.source BBC

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