New York

25 July 2013

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

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. Mr. Mohammed Morsy and Muslim Brotherhood leaders currently in detention should be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay.