World Bulletin/News Desk
President Abdullah Gül has said the tension in Egypt could de-escalate once ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is being detained in an undisclosed location since a military coup in early July that deposed him, is freed.
“On Friday, they [the military] called on the masses to take out to streets. The people of Egypt are simply divided. This is a source of great concern,” said Gül in reference to a call by military chief Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi to Egyptians for mass protests.
El-Sissi, who deposed Egypt's first democratically elected president Morsi via a coup d'état, called for a show of popular support for his expected crackdown on supporters of Morsi.
Following the appeal by the general, the Muslim Brotherhood, the political group which Morsi belongs to, also called for mass protests on Friday. The development fueled fears that the rival rallies might trigger clashes between supporters of Morsi and the interim administration. Before the army's call, military officials told the Brotherhood to end its protests and work with the new interim government or face the consequences.
“If huge masses take to the streets, they should definitely stay away from violence. Yet, it is not always possible to control masses,” warned the Turkish president as he spoke to reporters on Friday after mid-day prayers in Istanbul's Sultanahmet Mosque.
“Peace and stability in Egypt and its future is not only important to Egyptians, but also to the Arab and the Muslim world,” said Gül, adding that every Egyptian should protect their country and treat it “like their children.”
Gül said all groups should collaborate in an effort to bring Egypt back to normal again. “What has happened has happened; the future of Egypt should not be lost,” Gül concluded.
On the same topic, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also criticized the calls for a mass protest by el-Sissi.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Erdoğan said a military coup took place in Egypt and the person who staged a military coup in Egypt now wants his supporters to pour out onto the streets.
“The greatest misfortune for Egypt was corruption. What prevents corruption is the ballot box. Why are they afraid of the ballot box? Those who are afraid of the ballot box chose coups as the option,” the Turkish prime minister said, lashing out at the Egyptian military for staging the coup.
Turkey has been one of the few countries that condemned the military intervention and deemed the ousting of Morsi as “unacceptable.” Ankara does not recognize the new interim government established in the Arab world's most populous state while Turkey's relations with the coup administration in Egypt are based on “inter-state level relations.”Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2013, 13:59