NATO Secretary General ‘Gravely Concerned’ about Situation in Egypt


From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO:  I am gravely concerned by the situation in Egypt.  And I’m concerned by the reports of fighting and death. Egypt is an important partner for NATO through the Mediterranean Dialogue.  And Egypt is a vital actor in the Middle East. So we’re following the situation closely. 

I call on everyone to exercise restraint and refrain from violence; to respect human rights, including the rights of minorities and the rule of law; and to work to establish a democratic and inclusive civilian government as soon as possible.

In this critical moment, it is vital for all sides to work together with a common goal of reinforcing democracy in Egypt. . . .

First, I have commented on the situation in Egypt and expressed my grave concerns by the situation in the country and urged all parties involved to work to establish a democratic and inclusive civilian government as soon as possible. 

I don’t think the most important thing, right now, is a theoretical discussion about how to label what has happened.  Whether it’s a coup or not, I don’t think the label is the most important thing.

The most important thing now is to find solutions that can lead to reinforcing democracy as soon as possible.  As regards to possible spill-over, it…. of course it remains to be seen.  But I think Egypt is a unique case.  And I wouldn’t expect any spill-over.

Excerpts from responses by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to questions from the press, July 4, 2013.  (photo: NATO)

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