US warns Egyptian army on 'arbitrary' arrests

The US warned the Egyptian army against arbitrary arrests which targeted the Muslim Brotherhood, and stated that a democratic process or transition including all groups and parties needs to be at the

US warns Egyptian army on 'arbitrary' arrests

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Obama administration has warned the Egyptian army against "arbitrary" arrests aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood.

The US warned the Egyptian army against arbitrary arrests which targeted the Muslim Brotherhood, and stated that a democratic process or transition including all groups and parties needs to be at the table.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a daily press meeting said, "We have made clear that we oppose arbitrary arrests, and we continue to make that clear".

"Egyptian authorities need to make progress towards a transition back to a civilian, democratically elected government, and that they need to do so in an inclusive way that allows for participation by all parties and individuals," said Carney.

Carney said "As I’ve been saying all week, this is an extremely difficult and complicated situation. There is a crisis in Egypt, and the way to move Egypt beyond crisis and towards a better future is for the authorities to embrace a process that is inclusive, that leads to a transition back to a civilian, democratically elected government, and that responds to the hopes and aspirations of the Egyptian people, of all the Egyptian people".

Regarding the U.S.’s call for a refrain from arbitrary arrests in Egypt, Carney noted "we are in regular communication with the authorities in Egypt at a variety of levels. We are working with our allies in the region to reinforce the message that we have been sending to those in Egypt about the need for Egypt to get off a path of polarization and move forward on a path of reconciliation.

"Reconciliation means -- and a process, a democratic process or transition means that for it to work all groups and parties need to be at the table. We have made clear that we oppose arbitrary arrests, and we continue to make that clear," Carney added.

For the future of Egypt, Carney said, "we do not support any individual or any party or any group, we support a process that is inclusive and democratic; to make clear that we oppose all violence; to make clear that we call on the military to exercise maximum restraint; to make clear that it is unacceptable in our view, and certainly unhelpful, for any group or any party to incite violence. And we are doing all this amidst an obviously very fluid situation and one that puts Egypt‘s future at stake".

US state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also warned Egyptian army, and saying the recent arrests that aimed at specific groups contradicted with national consensus which transition government and its army stated before about what they have pursued.

Psaki said an inclusive process should apply to all parties in Egypt.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2013, 11:04
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