EU 'shouldn't legitimize' Egypt coup, says Lithuanian FM

The EU should not seek justification for the military coup in Egypt, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister said in emphasizing that democratically elected governments cannot be removed by military force.

EU 'shouldn't legitimize' Egypt coup, says Lithuanian FM

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The European Union should not seek justification for the military coup in Egypt, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Antanas Linkevicius said.

The minister addressed the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee on the policy priorities of Lithuania, which holds the EU rotating presidency as of July.

Asked by an MP whether the EU endorsed the coup in Egypt, Linkevicius hinted he thinks the EU's description of the recent events in the North African nation has not been accurate.

"On Egypt, I still believe that the democratically elected government cannot be removed by military force," he said. "You can like it, you can dislike it but it is my position I would like to share with you."

"It is not a fact we should be proud of, try to explain or legitimize or to set a precedent."

The 27-member bloc has expressed deep concern over violence in the country but has stopped short of calling the military intervention a "coup", maintaining that the army had public support and acted to prevent bloodshed amid the rising polarization in society.

After escalating protests, a military coup last week toppled the first elected president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, after only a year in power.

Tension reached new heights in the country after the army opened fire on Morsi supporters demanding his release and return near an army compound in capital Cairo, where he is believed to be held. The shootings left at least 53 dead and hundreds wounded.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2013, 15:18
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