National Alliance to Support Legitimacy upholds constitution in Ashton meeting
Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Jul 2013
Pro-Morsi coalition insists on constitutional legitimacy of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in meeting with EU's Catherine Ashton


National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has maintained its position of supporting the constitutional legitimacy of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and refusing what they described as a bloody coup following Monday's talks with the European Union's Foreign Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton.

Ashton met leading member of Al-Wasat Party Mohamed Mahsoub, members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance bureau Mohamed Taha and Mohamed Ali Bishr, and Freedom and Justice Party’s Amr Darrag. The delegation also included former prime minister Hisham Qandil.

Details of the discussion were not revealed. However, the alliance released a statement Tuesday declaring its position on its website.

"Dealing with the crisis can only happen in the presence of constitutional legitimacy," the statement read.

Sticking to the demand to reinstate Morsi, the alliance said "the return of the president is the basis of the solution."

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy also extended an "invitation to all international human rights organisations to visit the various pro-Morsi sit-ins to see for themselves their peacefulness and erase fabricated lies" of holding weapons or initiating violence.

Ashton's talk with the representatives of the pro-Morsi coalition is one of a series of talks planned in her second visit to Egypt this month.

On Monday, she also met with ousted president Mohamed Morsi in a meeting that lasted for two hours.

The visit comes after more than 80 Morsi loyalists were killed in clashes on Saturday in Cairo's Nasr City.

Ashton had announced earlier that her visit, which included meeting with interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour and authorities as well as key political figures, aims to "reinforce [EU] message that there must be a fully inclusive transitional process."

After one year in office, Morsi was ousted on 3 July after mass nationwide protests against the former elected president.

Hundreds of thousands of pro-Morsi demonstrators have camped out for close to four weeks at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's populous Nasr City district, vowing not to leave until Morsi is reinstated, prompting clashes with security forces.

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