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Egypt presidency preparing for reconciliation talks, Brotherhood remains defiant

Advisor to Egypt's interim leader says date of reconciliation talks to be announced soon; Muslim Brotherhood says no negotiations until Mohamed Morsi returned to power

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Jul 2013
Egypt presidency preparing for reconciliation talks, Brotherhood remains defiant
Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour attends a meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 15, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Egyptian presidency is preparing for national reconciliation talks, the date of which will be announced soon, an advisor to interim leader Adly Mansour has said.

"National reconciliation will require sincere intentions and clear goals [from all parties], or else reconciliation efforts will be useless," Ahmed El-Meslemani asserted in a press statement on Monday evening.

The popularly backed military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi – who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood – and its roadmap for a transitional period were supported by liberal and leftist groups as well as the ultraconservative Salafist Nour party, whose criticism of Morsi had been increasing over recent months.

The roadmap included appointing High Constitutional Court head Adly Mansour as interim president for a transitional period of at least six months, during which the 2012 constitution would be amended, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies have strongly rejected the "blatant military coup d'état against the president's democratic legitimacy." Thousands of Morsi supporters remain at a sit-in in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square demanding his reinstatement.

"What [national] reconciliation are they speaking about? They are reconciling with the Mubarak regime symbols, not the Egyptian people," Mohamed El-Beltagy, deputy head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said in a speech at Rabaa Al-Adawiya on Monday night.

"There is no room for negotiation until our legitimate president Morsi is reinstated," he asserted.

A number of deadly clashes have taken place since Morsi's removal on 3 July between his supporters and state forces, leaving at least 51 dead.

Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first democratically elected president in June 2012 after narrowly beating Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff.

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Aisha
16-07-2013 07:54pm
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Pro Democracy vs Pro Coup
It's impossible to have reconsiliation with lying murderous traitors!!! Sisi made an oath to our President Morsi. He broke it! Sign 1 or hypocrisy. He massacred almost 100 innocent peaceful protesters and lied about it Sign 2 of hypocrisy. His uncontrollable anger through murder against innovation ocent people is Sign 3 of hypocrisy. Sisi and ALL of his 'friends' are traitors of democracy! They are criminals who have stolen the trust of the good people of Egypt. He should be put in prison! And have the due punishment through a NON CORRUPTED court of law for his many crimes.of treason, treachery and MURDER! Why would we want another worse than Mubarak government? Wake up Egypt the criminals are trying to steal your country!!! They are breaking the law by their very existence!!! And have gone beyond violating human rights and the nobility of honesty. They are LIARS!!!
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Ahmed Said
16-07-2013 10:44pm
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Murderer & traitor
An army General tyhat orders his troops to murder innocent protesters whilr praying can't be trusted to establish deocracy in Egypt.
Al-Misry
16-07-2013 08:45pm
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Arest Him Felony
Well said and I agree all of it. Now it's time for young arm officers to neutrilese him. He broke outh of president. He gave away his privilages and no army officer should obey him.. arrest him or until he committs suicide..
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