U.N. concerned about Egypt army interference but doesn't condemn

UNITED NATIONS Wed Jul 3, 2013 9:09pm EDT

United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon speaks after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House, April 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon speaks after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House, April 11, 2013.

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed on Wednesday for calm and restraint in Egypt, as well as the preservation of rights such as freedom of expression and assembly, after the country's army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

"Many Egyptians in their protests have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns," he said in a statement that did not condemn the Egyptian armed forces' ouster of Mursi.

"At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern," he said. "Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy."

He said Egypt's post-Arab Spring transition was at "another delicate juncture."

The statement added: "At this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, (Ban) reiterates his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint."

"An inclusive approach is essential to addressing the needs and concerns of all Egyptians," it added. "Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance."

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler and Philip Barbara)

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Comments (2)
oxen wrote:
No one condemns their puppets-how hard is that to figure out? Egypt will continue on its path where the puppet army rules and masses continue to be in oblivion. The army has a strangle hold on the nation and population is easily manipulable-soon they will be crying foul again!

Jul 03, 2013 10:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mustafaspeaks wrote:
Breaking news: Pointless UN does absolutely nothing again.

Jul 04, 2013 6:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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