Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the violence in Egypt
Brussels, 20 November 2011
Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashtonon the violence in Egypt
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today:
"I am extremely concerned at the riots and violent clashes witnessed in Egypt, notably in Tahrirsquare over the weekend. I deplore the loss of life and the many injuries and express my solidaritywith the families of the victims.
I urge calm and restraint and condemn the use of violence in the strongest terms. There is no doubtthat the transitional process is a difficult and challenging one. I have expressed my concern in thepast about the emergency law and the ongoing military trials. I reiterate that the interim authoritiesand all parties concerned have the crucial task of listening to the people and protecting theirdemocratic aspirations.
Law and order must be ensured in a manner respectful of human rights. Citizens and politicalparties' demands that the transition moves forward and safeguards the principles of democracymust be listened to.
As Egypt prepares to go to the polls, in its first democratic and transparent elections, I remainconfident that the Egyptian people and the authorities will find the way to move peacefully forwardand succeed in overcoming the challenges."