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March 28, 2009

Turkey opposes Danish NATO candidacy

Turkey says Muslims oppose Dane's NATO candidacy

By SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press Writer

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister has said there is strong opposition from Muslim nations to Denmark's prime minister becoming the next NATO chief and indicated the candidacy threatened to harm the alliance.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, seen as the likeliest candidate to replace Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as NATO secretary-general Aug. 1, infuriated some Muslims by speaking out in favor of freedom of speech during an uproar over Danish publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2006. He has also angered Turkey by opposing its membership in the European Union.

Fogh for Secretary-General!

Fogh the Muslims!

Denny Schlesinger

Turkey says Muslims oppose Dane's NATO candidacy

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