EU urges members to consider response to Egypt violence

BERLIN Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:57pm EDT

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks during a news conference with Egypt's interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei (unseen) at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks during a news conference with Egypt's interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei (unseen) at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo July 30, 2013.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union asked its members on Friday to consider "appropriate measures" it could take in reaction to violence in Egypt, while European leaders stressed the importance of a united response.

Around 50 people were killed in Cairo alone on Friday, a "Day of Rage" called by Muslim Brotherhood followers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi to denounce a police crackdown on the Islamists in which hundreds have died this week.

"I have been in constant touch with European Union foreign ministers, and I have asked member state representatives to debate and coordinate appropriate measures to be taken," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke with French President Francois Hollande by phone, said Germany would review its relations with Egypt and the EU should do the same.

Both called for EU foreign ministers to gather next week to discuss the bloc's ties with Cairo.

Senior EU diplomats will meet in Brussels on Monday to assess the situation and any EU action. They will also prepare the ground for a possible extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers.

Hollande also spoke with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The two men called for an end to violence in Egypt and a return to national dialogue and elections, a statement from Hollande's office read.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to express his concern.

"They agreed on the need for the EU to send a strong and united message that the violence must end and that there should be transition to a genuine democracy, which would require compromise from all sides," Cameron's office said.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson in Berlin, Stephen Addison in London and Adrian Croft in Brussels; Editing by Michelle Martin and Andrew Roche)

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Comments (3)
pharaoh35 wrote:
It is your interference which glorified and gave hope to these terrorists Moslem Brotherhood hope to control Egypt. Why don’t you ask them to stop burning the Country and the Churches? The EU the slavedog of the US is nothing but bigoted body. Stay out of Egypt, we will restore law and order, our way. Go preach Irak before coming here.

Aug 16, 2013 4:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
justinoinroma wrote:
another foreign policy failure for the current US administration

Aug 17, 2013 2:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hassanen wrote:
Egypt is facing a real terroristic war from Muslim Brotherhood, as the Egyptian People has already declared its opinion towards the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood Economic and political strategies and polices applied during one full year in power, these polices led to a catastrophic outcomes and results on the Egyptian national security letting kaeida terrorists and its affiliates to jeopardize the well being of the Egyptian people. Egyptian people desire of having a peaceful and prosperous Future was demonstrated through millions marched took place in June 30th and July 26th. This desire was packed up by its national and patriotic Army. So what happened were a revolution and backed up by the army not a coup. We , as Egyptian people asking the EU to review its position and keep the aids as it is if they need to support the will of the Egyptian people and support it in its war against terrorism.

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