CAIRO Dec 8 A statement issued by Egypt's armed
forces calling for dialogue and pledging to protect state
institutions and the people does not signal a return to
politics, a military source said on Saturday.
"It is obvious from the statement that the military is just
explaining what happened, as at the end it thanked its forces
for going out on the streets and protecting public institutions,
and it does not indicate any future intervention in politics,"
the source, who is close to top officers, told Reuters.
A military council had run Egypt during an interim period
after former military officer, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted last
year. The armed forces have not intervened in the latest crisis.