Germany thanks Erdogan for appeals for calm

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9 February 2006, BERLIN - Germany's interior minister on Thursday thanked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for having appealed to Turks living in Germany to remain calm amid growing protests over controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

9 February 2006

BERLIN - Germany's interior minister on Thursday thanked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for having appealed to Turks living in Germany to remain calm amid growing protests over controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

"Happily, the Muslims living in Germany have reacted in a far more restrained manner than in other places," said Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a statement.

There have been no real mass protests in Germany over the cartoons which have drawn Muslim fury worldwide. Islam bars any depiction of the Prophet.

Germany has about 3.5 million Muslims out of a total population of 82 million. Turks numbering about 2 million are the country's biggest single minority.

Schaeuble praised both the Turkish-German community, Turkey and Erdogan for playing a crucial role in helping keep protests in Germany peaceful.

"This is above all due to the responsible role which the Turks have taken in this debate," said Schaeuble, adding: "I would like to especially thank ... the Turkish prime minister for his call for moderation."

DPA

Subject: German news

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