Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Egypt
New York, 3 July 2013
The Secretary-General is following closely and with continuing concern the fast-moving developments in Egypt. He continues to stand with the aspirations of the Egyptian people.
Egypt’s transition is now at another delicate juncture following the army’s announcement that it is suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state – decisions that have not been accepted by President Morsy.
At this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General reiterates his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint. An inclusive approach is essential to addressing their needs and concerns of all Egyptians. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly remain of vital importance.
In their protests many Egyptians have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns. At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern. Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy.
The world is watching closely the next steps with the hope that Egyptians will remain on a peaceful course, overcome the deep difficulties they are facing today, and find the needed common ground to move forward in a transition for which so many fought so courageously.