World Bulletin/News Desk
European Union Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış has said the West should pay attention to the crowds in Egypt who have been protesting the ouster of the country's first democratically elected leader in order to compensate for taking an initial stance that stopped short of calling the military intervention a coup.
His remarks came during remarks delivered at a reception to celebrate Bastille Day that was hosted on Sunday by French Ambassador to Turkey Laurent Bili.
Since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi last week, Egyptians have been showing their support for the president by holding demonstrations, mainly at Rabaa el-Adawiya Mosque Square in Cairo.
Bağış called on Western countries to raise their voices against the coup before it is too late, saying that paying attention to the protests at el-Adawiya is necessary for democracy to re-emerge in the country. He added that the coup in Egypt represents a “test of sincerity” for the international community.
The US and the EU have been criticized for their ambivalent stance towards the intervention in Egypt and for refraining from using the term coup to describe the intervention. The EU, has not condemned the military outright, though repeated on Sunday its call for rapid elections and said it was following developments "with deep concern."
Ambassador Bili praised Turkey's economic and political achievements of the last 10 years in his remarks at the reception, saying that Turkey deserves respect for its democratic and economic performance. “Turkey is a treasure that should be preserved,” the French envoy added.
The French ambassador said the Gezi Park protests and the settlement process the government has launched to put an end to the country's decades-old terrorism problem could strengthen Turkish democracy.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 11:32