Scandinavia Still Worried About Moslem Anger
Swedish, Danish and Norwegian concerns are still high over the continued criticism and threats of boycotts and violence from Arabs sources over the publication of satirical caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in newspapers in these 3 Nordic countries.
The Danish newspaper which first published the cartoons and the Norwegian paper which then followed have both publically apologized for offending people, and the Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen finally openly denounced the use of ironic material insulting any religion.
Some Muslims in Denmark say they have accepted the prime minister’s apology and that the Arab boycott of Danish goods is over, but others elsewhere disagree.
The Danish prime minister earlier said his government could not interfer with the freedom of the press and refused to meet Arab ambassadors against for action.
Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freijvolds says she welcomes the apologies. She adds that Sweden’s official positon has been to protest against threats, and that Sweden can not interfer with freedom of the press here.