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Rasmussen tries to end row over cartoons

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Denmark’s Prime Minister has pleaded for calm as protests continue against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Danes believe in equal rights irrespective of people’s ethnicity or religious beliefs and that there is no justification for violence. He also expressed concern about the spread of mis-information saying there has been no burning of the Koran in Denmark. “I would emphasise that we hold the Syrian government responsible for what happened in Damascus, the attacks on the Danish embassy,” he said, adding “we don’t know to what extent this “mis-information” campaign is organised, we don’t know exactly who is responsible either, but to a certain extent it seems to be organised.” Rasmussen went on to say that we all have a responsibility to prevent the situation getting any worse. But he repeated that the Danish government cannot interfere with the media.