AU delegation in Egypt avoids 'coup' description

A nine-member high-level delegation led by Konaré arrived in Cairo earlier today to reassess the situation in the country after a decision by the AU Peace and Security Council to freeze Egypt's membership following Morsi's ouster.

AU delegation in Egypt avoids 'coup' description

The head of the visiting African Union delegation, Alpha Oumar Konaré, on Sunday avoided describing the army ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi as either a "military coup" or a "popular revolution."

In a joint press conference with interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, Konare, the former president of Mali and former chairperson of the African Union Commission, refused to answer a question on whether he would describe what happened as a "military coup" or a "popular revolution."

"We would not want to go into these details. We just arrived in Cairo," he said.

A nine-member high-level delegation led by Konaré arrived in Cairo earlier today to reassess the situation in the country after a decision by the AU Peace and Security Council to freeze Egypt's membership following Morsi's ouster.

Konaré said the delegation came to stand by the Egyptian people and meet with all parties to work together to end violence and initiate a dialogue to meet the challenges ahead.

He did not clarify whether that included meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Asked whether the visit would be a step towards reversing the AU's membership suspension decision, Konaré stressed that Egypt would want to see that happen.

The AU delegation, which is expected to stay in Egypt for several days, is also expected to meet interim President Adly Mansour, though it was not clear when.

The AU has suspended Egypt’s membership following the army's removal of Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, on July 3.

The decision is an automatic measure taken by the body following any military interruption of constitutional rule in a member state.

Egypt has sent high-level envoys to African countries to explain the latest developments in the country and demand revoking the decision.

The Foreign Ministry said last week that AU officials had "shown understanding" regarding ongoing developments in Egypt.

The powerful army ousted elected Morsi, suspended the constitution and installed Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president.

Since then, thousands of Morsi loyalists have been staging daily demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2013, 17:52
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