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Transition of authority is not yet clear in Egypt, Obama said
Statement of President Barack Obama on Egypt:
The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition
of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is
immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain
unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition
to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government
to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian
government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal
path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that
As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future
of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United
States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles.
We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must
be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that
this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political
change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe
that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful
negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society
should address the key questions confronting Egypt’s future:
protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the
Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change;
and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are
free and fair.
We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to
explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in
clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that
will lead to democracy and the representative government that
the Egyptian people seek. Going forward, it will be essential
that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected.
There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken.
It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations
of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the
Egyptian people must be heard.
The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going
back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future
is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their
right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian
people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We
have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian
join together, and earn the respect of the world through their
non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have
been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They
have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill
their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential.
In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will
persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have
a friend in the United States of America.
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