New York

27 June 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Egypt

The Secretary-General notes there are many strong and opposing opinions being expressed in Egypt.  He strongly encourages Egyptians to remain committed to the universal principles of peaceful dialogue and non-violence. The Secretary-General stresses the right of people to demonstrate peacefully and calls on all parties to respect this right and to uphold the law.

The Secretary-General recognizes the need for the continued strengthening of democratic processes and an inclusive environment in which the Egyptian people can discuss and resolve their differences.  The international community has a duty to accompany this transition with sustained interest and meaningful contributions in the interest of all Egyptians.