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Egypt's National Salvation Front rejects dialogue with Morsi
National Salvation Front (NSF) to issue shortlist of 'pre-conditions' for national dialogue with presidency aimed at resolving Egypt's political crisis
Ahram Online, Monday 28 Jan 2013
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NSF refuses Morsi
Egyptian reform leader Mohammed El Baradei, center, speaks during a press conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, as former Egyptian presidential candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi, left, and former Egyptian Foreign Minister and presidential candidate, Amr Moussa, right, listen in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF), a coalition of opposition parties and groups, rejected on Monday an invitation by President Mohamed Morsi to hold talks aimed at resolving the current political crisis.

At a press conference held at Wafd Party headquarters in Cairo, the NSF – in a statement read out by NSF co-founder and Constitution Party chief Mohamed ElBaradei – rejected Morsi's proposed dialogue as a "facade" and stressed that certain conditions needed to be met in order to guarantee a "serious dialogue".

"We are not against holding talks, but we will not let the Egyptian people down by engaging in fake dialogue," ElBaradei said.

"Many missteps have led to the current situation…security measures will not solve the current crisis, but a political solution must be found," he added.

NSF members who attended the conference – including former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, along with Wafd Party chief El-Sayed El-Badawi – said they would soon unveil their "conditions" for dialogue.  

The NSF had earlier proposed five demands that it said were necessary for national consensus.

"We met with Morsi earlier, and all we got from the meeting was a dictatorial constitutional declaration," said Sabbahi. "The second dialogue meeting did not accomplish anything either."

Sabbahi went on to demand that the president "acknowledge his responsibility" for the bloodshed, admit the legitimacy of the "people's demands" and respect peaceful protests. He further demanded that interior ministry and security officials be prosecuted for using excessive force to disperse recent demonstrations.   

The opposition front also stressed its commitment to the revolution, saying it would "engage in any actions that would lead to the realisation of revolutionary goals". It went on to claim that it would only employ peaceful methods and condemned all forms of vandalism and violence.

NSF leaders also denied they had plans to form a "presidential council."

The NSF also stressed its solidarity with the people of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, adding that they would not tolerate the "isolation" of the three canal cities.

Clashes have been ongoing between police and protesters in the three cities since Friday, which marked the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution. More than 40 people have been reported killed in the violence.

The death toll rose dramatically in Port Said when a court on Saturday sentenced 21 Port Said residents to death for their involvement in last February's Port Said stadium disaster, in which scores of football fans were killed. Since then, the city has witnessed intense rioting, with residents accusing the central government of scapegoating and marginalising them.

Intermittent clashes remain ongoing in Cairo, Damanhour and Alexandria. The nationwide death toll is now estimated at more than 50 with hundreds more injured. At least 296 protesters have been arrested since Friday, according to security sources.



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Roslyn
29-01-2013 07:04am
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The government should take full responsiblity!
If you listen to the reasons why the NSF are not prepared to enter negotiations, you 'may' understand. They have attended previous negotiations, made agreements and recommendations, then none were implemented. Their most basic demand of having an agenda is just normal business practice, anywhere in the world, you give all members an official agenda before attending any meetings, someone takes minutes during the meeting and then you vote on the points, for or against! Then you implement those voted 'for' by the majority, when this has not happened in previous meetings, with little promise of it happening in the future, there is no point or achievement of just an open dialogue, it is a pure waste of time. By the way, a very important thing to note is that the NSF have announced they would not run for any new cabinet positions, they are not after power, but they are after good management for Egypt. The majority of the members of the front are Muslim, please do not confuse Islamists with M
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Shams Edeen
29-01-2013 03:12am
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Failed Ekhwan Rule
They stole the revolution from youth, abdicate our liberty, censorred our media, and starved our people. Unemployment is up and our treasury is empty. Factories are closing and people are hungry. Shame on for stealing Islam and Egypt. You deviated from Shiekh Hassan ElBanna original message and even killed him. Liunatics.
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Sharif Shehata
28-01-2013 11:48pm
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Everything has limits
It sad to see Egypt destroyed by Egyptians. Thank you NSF for to make Egypt is bankrupt soon. That is wrong and shocking 6,000,000,000.00 Egyptian pound = 917,014,490.91 US Dollar. Wake up Egyptians before will be to late. Look at Greece what is happened no food no medication no business no work.....etc. The violence will lead us to destroy our society and to weak our economy. Who is care Mohammed El baradei, Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa, You are bad loser. President chair is not for you because you are not Egyptians. All of you have plan form outside to destroy Egypt. God save Egypt from bad Egyptians.
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Mina
28-01-2013 11:18pm
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The NSF has a point
In my humble opinion, the NSF is completely justified in their actions. They negotiated with Morsi before, and Morsi replied with a dictatorial constitutional declaration, as well as allow a constitution to pass with a simple majority of a 30% voter turnout. This is very unrealistic, and I hope President Morsi, in the best interests of the country reconsider his past actions and move towards solving the situation that can unite all Egyptian, both NSF and non-NSF. I also disagree that the NSF is against Islam just because it's against Morsi. That's like saying to be anti-Bush is to be anti-Christian, or to be anti-Netanyahu or anti-Zionist is anti-Jewish. To use the same tactic to attack the NSF is unfair and unjust. It is a false ad hominem that ruins reputations in a manner that bears false witness. Let us agree to disagree, not to insult one another.
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Gamal Nasser
28-01-2013 06:55pm
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The opposition rejects democracy, period.
The salvation would rather burn Cairo down rather than give Mursi a moment of respite. The salvation front simply hates Islam and the Muslim brotherhood more than they love Egypt. They they believe in democracy, but when the people of Egypt elect the Islamists, the Salvation front stops believing in Democracy. They resort to their tyrannical and totalitarian first square.
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Jon
28-01-2013 05:01pm
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Time to grow up
What does the "salvation front" think it can achieve? A new revolution? And what make them think a new revolution would want them as leaders and figureheads? There is a mix of discontent in Egypt. There is a discontent with the judiciary after the Port Said verdicts. People are dissatisfied with the security situation. There is a political discontent, but above all there is a deep disappointment with the economical stagnation. Different groups see different solutions: More Islam, less Islam, more market economy, more socialism (price controls etc.). The center ground is held by the brotherhood. There are strong opinions held by different groups, but they don't hold enough common ground to challenge the brotherhood. What they might be able to, however, is to contribute to chaos and stability, ultimately triggering the only alternative government in Egypt - a military one. The salvation front must now act patriotically and contribute to peace in the country, from which a fre
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Elisa Napoli Bari
29-01-2013 04:31am
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so true
every one of them wants to be President : they don t care if young Egyptians are killed. They are safe, rich and can go abroad when they want.
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Yessmen
28-01-2013 04:54pm
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Gang with microphones
They have no interest in stopping the blood shed across the country. It is only about Morsi's position. I have 0 respect for any of them.
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John
28-01-2013 04:23pm
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Opposition has inferiority complex!!!
Why are these Opposition figures afraid to talk? They seem to have an inferiority complex and lack of negotiating skills. They are afraid that President Morsi will out manoeuvre them in talks. Egypt definitely does not need such weak leaders.
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Expat
28-01-2013 04:16pm
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Where's the Diplomacy?
Shame on you NSF - how do you expect to get out of this crisis without engaging in a political dialogue? You would rather destroy Egypt? My heart is bleeding for Egypt and all the people today.
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Elisa Nipple Bari
29-01-2013 04:35am
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well said
they USE for their goal and hanger of power poor kids that are killed! Shame on them, they are rich and can go abroad any time, they should be charged with incitement
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Andrew Arato
28-01-2013 04:11pm
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sit down with the MB
It is not over. But the leaders of the NSF (Baradei et.al) must know when to negotiate. Their demand that 5 conditions (their negotiating aims) be met before they negotiate is absurd. They too and the movement behind them are in part responsible for the present polarization and near breakdown. Morsi is in a bad spot, this should be exploited. Sit down with him and the MB leadership as Al Fotouh (the leader of a liberal Islamic Party (yes, there is one) suggested. When a strong movement is behind you, you can have confidence in negotiations.
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