25 July 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Increasingly Concerned by Developments in Egypt, Secretary-General Urges Full

Return of Civilian Control, Constitutional Order, Democratic Governance

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is following closely, and with growing concern, developments in Egypt.

The Secretary-General once again urges all sides to act with maximum restraint.  He supports the rights of all Egyptians to hold peaceful protests.  He calls on the interim authorities to ensure law and order along with guaranteeing the safety and security of all Egyptians.

The Secretary-General renews his calls for a meaningful national dialogue and an inclusive reconciliation process.  The aim must be to chart a peaceful path towards a full return of civilian control, constitutional order and democratic governance.

The Secretary-General urges the interim authorities to end arbitrary arrests and other reported forms of harassment.  Mohamed Morsy and Muslim Brotherhood leaders currently in detention should be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay.

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