The International Perspective

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Reuters has compiled a round-up of international reaction to the situation in Egypt:

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle:

I spoke to representatives of the opposition including [Mohamed] ElBaradei, and it’s completely obvious that this is a matter for the political opinion makers in Egypt to decide for themselves who shapes the democratic transition and how. This requires beginning with a direct exchange of ideas, a peaceful dialogue, and we are counting on progress here today since otherwise I am afraid that – in view of Friday prayers tomorrow – there will be another escalation of the situation.

US president Barack Obama:

We pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realised and that a better day will dawn over Egypt and throughout the world.

Michael Spindelegger, Austrian foreign minister:

I urge the Egyptian leadership not to let batons do the talking nor to block the media, but to be responsible and to deal with the demands of the demonstrators. The demonstrators and their valid demands cannot be silenced by violence. The political forces in the country must to everything to avoid a further escalation.

Greek prime minister George Papandreou:

Egyptian people want change, democratic rights, liberties. All these need to be established, also constitutionally. It is necessary that this transition to democracy, these changes take place with credibility, stability, that they happen quickly and without violence.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson:

We just don’t know yet how the economic situation will develop because it is not yet clear how the political situation will develop. There is an issue of who is in charge of what now.

EU foreign affairs chief Lady Ashton:

I urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately take the necessary measures to ensure that the law enforcement authorities protect the demonstrators and their right to assembly freely. I have made clear that it is the responsibility of the army and law enforcement to protect its citizens. Last night we were sending messages to the Egyptian authorities in phone calls and other messages, saying: “Look, you have to get the army in to protect the people, you have to make sure that we’ve got ambulances able to get in and out of the square.”

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – joint statement:

We are observing a deterioration of the situation in Egypt with extreme concern. We condemn all those who use or encourage violence, which will only worsen Egypt’s political crisis. Only a rapid and orderly transition towards a broadly representative government will allow Egypt to overcome the challenges that it is facing. This process of transition must start now.


Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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