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18:57, 25 October 2014 Saturday
Update: 11:38, 04 July 2013 Thursday

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Western leaders keep silent as Egypt army ousts Morsi
Western leaders keep silent as Egypt army ousts Morsi

No clear condemnation from the West. The common appeal is to return to "civilian rule" quickly

Military coup in Egypt took place after chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt Abdul Fatah Al Sisi announced it in the country on July 3, receiving several calls from west as reinforcement of civilian rule, urge for democracy and no support for military intervention.

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has stated an army interference in a country was worrying and said, "Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy [...] At this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, I appeal for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint."

US President Barack Obama, holding an emergency meeting with his team about military takeover in Egypt, said the US was "deeply concerned" about the Egyptian military's decision to oust President Mohamed Morsi, suspend the nation's constitution and urges a quick restoration of democracy.

Obama avoided naming military takeover in Egypt as "coup d'etat" in his statement and said, "I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters [...] The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties -- secular and religious, civilian and military."

On the other hand, European Union's (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton urged all sides in Egypt to rapidly return to the democratic process.

“I am following closely developments in Egypt and am fully aware of the deep divisions in society, popular demands for political change and efforts at brokering a compromise,"Ashton said. "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition."

Her spokesperson Michael Mann stated, "High Representative Ashton spoke tonight to opposition leader Mohammad El Baradei on the phone, urged all sides in Egypt to return rapidly to the democratic process."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "The United Kingdom does not support military intervention as a way to resolve disputes in a democratic system. The chance of a democratic future was hard won for Egypt by the Egyptian people two and a half years ago. But looking forward, we call on all parties to show the leadership and vision needed to restore and renew Egypt’s democratic transition. It is vital for them to respond to the strong desire of the Egyptian people for faster economic and political progress for their country."

Egpyt's Ambassador in Washington Mohammed Towfiq said, "This is not a coup d'etat because army did not take over the government, but took a step towards ending violence."

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria (Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt) said the roadmap of Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt Abdul Fatah Al Sisi was approved by every one attended the meeting organized by Sisi.

"The roadmap of Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt Abdul Fatah Al Sisi was approved by everyone attended the meeting. The roadmap was formed by proud people who have a sincere heart, love the country and consider the benefit of the country" he stated.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stated in a press release that the recent incidents in Egypt were "a serious setback" for Egyptian democracy and called Egypt to return immediately to its constitutional order.

EU's rotating term president Lithuania called on all sides in Egypt for restraint and to avoid violence "Independent and fair elections should take place without delay," Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans expressed concern on the recent incidents in Egypt, saying legitimate demands of Egyptian people could be fulfilled through political dialogue.

Calling military to guard all Egyptians, Timmermans pointed out freedom of expression, right to protests and minority rights must be respected.

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