Denmark Seeks to Avoid Renewed Cartoon Uproar

COPENHAGEN, Denmark-- Denmark's foreign minister has met with ambassadors from 17 Muslim countries in a move to avoid tensions ahead of the five-year anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

The drawings first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on Sept. 30, 2005, and sparked fiery protests in Muslim countries four months later.

Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said she met with the Muslim ambassadors Wednesday and with the heads of the Organization of Islamic Countries and the Arab League last week to "to prevent a new confrontation" over the cartoons.

Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry