U.N. Security Council urges end to violence in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:40pm EDT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council urged all parties in Egypt on Thursday to end the violence and exercise maximum restraint after hundreds of people were killed when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

"The view of council members is that it is important to end violence in Egypt and that the parties exercise maximum restraint," Argentine U.N. Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval told reporters after the 15-member council met on the situation.

The 15-member Security Council was briefed on the situation in Egypt behind closed doors by U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. The meeting was jointly requested by council members France, Britain and Australia.

Cairo's military-backed rulers ordered the storming of pro-Mursi protest camps after dawn on Wednesday, six weeks after the army overthrew the country's first freely elected leader. Egypt's government says 525 people were killed.

"The members first of all expressed their sympathy to the victims and regretted the loss of lives," said Perceval, who is council president for August. "There was a common desire on the need to stop violence and to advance national reconciliation."

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had earlier also called for the U.N. Security Council to convene quickly after what he described as a massacre in Egypt and rounded on Western nations for failing to stop the bloodshed.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the United States was cancelling joint military exercises with Egypt next month, saying normal U.S. cooperation cannot continue in light of the armed forces' bloody crackdown.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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M_Khaled wrote:
What really happened in Egypt yesterday is a war against terrorism. Muslim Brotherhood militants committed a lot of crimes, killing, torture of Egyptians. Their camps were full of heavy firearm weapons. Today they attacked and burned many churches, governmental buildings and police stations. They are brutally killing peaceful Egyptians in the streets. Their allies of terrorist groups of fundamentalist in Sinai are attacking the army and security forces. They are aided by other terrorists like Hamas and Alkassam militants.Please refer to all videos posted on youtube, many of them are posted on my Facebook public wall.
The current situation is a nation against a terrorist group, not a civil war nor a divided nation. The interference of the Security Council, US, UK, France is not accepted by Egyptian. This is totally an internal affair of Egyptians.

Aug 15, 2013 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
please listen to other view .The terror is what the Muslim brother are doing to Egyptians. The terror is what they are doing by burning churches ,governmental buildings, killing peoples in the street . Right now they are pushing for civil war. the Muslim brother organisation is a global terrorist organization part of it is Hamas and al Qaida please do not support terrorism

Aug 15, 2013 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Azizhamdy wrote:
Brotherhood are abusing the rights of peaceful protests.
They use weapons to fight the police and Egyptian people and most of their leaders are retired terrorists..

do not support terrorists!

Aug 15, 2013 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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