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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Condoleezza finds the Danish cartoons offensive but accuses

[b]Condoleezza finds the Danish cartoons offensive but accuses Iran of inciting violence[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 14 February ( ): [/b]The Middle East Quartet is united on how to deal with Hamas, says the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "All of us including Russia adhere to the position that any Palestinian government must recognize Israel's right to exist, reject violence and accept a two-state solution as the only path to peace and security for all," she says. 'The Russians assure us that anything that they say to Hamas will simply be to reinforce that message.' she adds.

Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations are the Middle East Quartet.

In separate interviews with the CBS (Face the Nation) and ABC (This Week), Rice tried to sound hawkish and moderate almost simultaneously while on Hamas and Iranian questions.

Even on the raging cartoon controversy. "I personally find the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad offensive and as such could understand the genuine outrage that many people felt about them. (But) It's just very important to draw a distinction between people who go out and protest peacefully, [from] the incitement to violence that is really beyond the pale."

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