Declaration by the High Representative Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union, on the situation in Egypt
EU News 338/2013
Brussels, 14 July 2013
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission issued the following declaration today on behalf of the EU:
"The EU is following the recent developments in Egypt with deep concern. The military must accept and respect the constitutional authority of the civilian power as a basic principle of democratic governance. It is of utmost importance that Egypt returns rapidly to a legitimate government and democratic structures responding to the democratic and socioeconomic aspirations of the Egyptian people. The EU stresses in particular the importance of holding democratic elections in the shortest possible time.
The EU calls for a broad-based and substantial dialogue, inclusive of all those political forces committed to democratic principles. It is for the Egyptian people to decide on the way forward, including a path to free and fair elections in which all parties can compete, and work to agree a constitution as a solid foundation for a united, democratic and prosperous Egypt with the checks and balances of a democratic system that respects the rights of all Egyptian citizens as key elements of Egypt's transition. National reconciliation is paramount in this. A successful outcome will depend on the free participation of all political actors, including the Freedom and Justice Party, which we encourage to do so."
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