A politician making an anti-Koran film that has stirred Muslim outrage said on Wednesday the movie would be finished this week.
Geert Wilders has given few details about the content of his film "Fitna", other than saying that in it he intends to present his views about the Koran. In the past he has called for the Koran to be banned and likened it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
He said talks with Dutch broadcasters would begin next week over the screening of "Fitna", an Arabic term used in the Koran and sometimes translated as "strife".
"It is very good news. The film will definitely be finished this week, that is to say before March 1," Wilders.
The project has sparked street protests as far afield as Indonesia.
Pakistan's upper house of parliament adopted a resolution this week condemning efforts to denigrate Islam and promote hatred, referring to cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) first published in Danish newspapers in 2005 and to Wilders' film.
Turkey has voiced concern about the film, and the Iranian government called it a "provocative and Satanic" act.
Several films purporting to be Wilders' 15-minute film have appeared on the YouTube Web site. Access to the site was disrupted around the world last weekend after Pakistani Internet service providers tried to prevent local users from seeing them.
Dutch anti-terrorism officials said there had been calls for Wilders to be killed posted on some web sites.
The Dutch government fears the film could spark protests like those triggered by the Danish cartoons, and harm Dutch business interests.
Wilders' right-wing party has nine of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament, and has gained support in recent opinion polls.
This month, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance said Muslims in the Netherlands faced mounting violence and discrimination.
It accused Wilders' party of "stigmatising, stereotyping and even outright racist discourse targeting Muslims" which it said largely went unchallenged by mainstream parties, and called on the Dutch government to do more to fight Islamophobia.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 17:29