Egypt: Minister Reynders calls for calm and dialogue

date: 14 August 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders greatly deplores the violence and numerous deaths resulting from the eviction of President Morsi’s supporters from their camps. Minister Reynders calls for calm and asks all parties in Egypt to show restraint in order to avoid further casualties.

Minister Reynders is convinced that the only solution to this political crisis is dialogue between all the political movements in Egypt. This is why the creation of a climate in which the necessary trust exists between the various parties to initiate such a dialogue is important. The curtailing of civil and political rights and the imprisonment of political opponents does not, according to Minister Reynders, contribute to a context in which dialogue is possible.

Minister Reynders fully supports the efforts of High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Union Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Bernardino León to bring about reconciliation between the various parties in Egypt. However, in the end, it is up to Egyptians themselves to determine their future, starting with the organisation of parliamentary and presidential elections that will put Egypt back on the path to democracy.