11 February 2006, 13:00
The publication of cartoons demonstrates uncivilization of Europe - Lukashenko
Yelizovo (Mogilyov region), February 11, Interfax - Byelorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has harshly criticized the unleashing of religiously motivated conflicts in general and condemned the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in particular.
"I deem it unacceptable in a civilized world," Lukashenko told journalists.
Calling himself "a supporter of national and religious peace," Lukashenko suggested that someone orchestrated and benefited from the outrage the publication of the cartoons sparked in the Muslim world.
"Okay, Denmark blundered, but why republish this in other countries? It seems like someone needed this escalation of tensions between civilizations," he said.
"Europe once again demonstrated its civilized nature," Lukashenko said sarcastically. "This is impossible in a normal society, and such manifestations can appear only in a dysfunctional society," he said.
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