Saturday, February 18, 2006

Denmark says Egypt started it


COPENHAGEN, Feb. 18. — Egypt played a central role in the months leading up to the firestorm over the Prophet Mohammad cartoons published in a Danish newspaper, Denmark’s foreign minister said today.

Mr Per Stig Moeller said the crisis appeared to have calmed down in January but reignited after an “unexpected” consumer boycott began in Saudi Arabia on 26 January. Egypt spearheaded criticism against Denmark after the Denmark initially refused to get involved in the dispute over the drawings.


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