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Old wounds reopen between Denmark, Iran

Controversy continues with Danish cartoons
February 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A group of Danish lawmakers canceled a trip to Iran after Tehran demanded that they condemn the reprinting of controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons, a spokeswoman said Saturday. Ten members of the parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, including former Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft, were scheduled to visit Iran between Feb. 18 and Feb. 21.

They canceled the trip after Iran's ambassador to Denmark asked the group to condemn the publication earlier in the week of a cartoon lampooning the prophet.

"They can't and they won't," spokeswoman Mette Vestergaard said.

On Wednesday, more than a dozen Danish newspapers reprinted a cartoon that had sparked massive protests in Muslim countries two years ago. The newspapers published the caricature in an act of solidarity after police revealed an alleged plot to kill the cartoonist.

The lawmakers had planned to meet with members of Iran's parliament and to look into issues such as human rights and uranium enrichment.