World lets Egypt down by not condemning Brotherhood crimes: Egypt FM

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Aug 2013

Fahmy says some in international community meddling in Egypt's decision to forcibly evict the pro-Morsi sit-ins, saying countries overlooked Brotherhood crimes

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy (Photo: AP)

Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy emphasised national sovereignty in decision-making in a press conference on Sunday in the face of international criticism for using "excessive force" in dispersing pro-Morsi sit-ins on Wednesday.

Egypt makes the decisions when it comes to its national security and in general all decisions are made domestically, he asserted at foreign ministry headquarters.

Fahmy argued that the international community is letting down Egypt by not condemning violence from the side of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies.

Hinting to withdraw aid is, furthermore, unacceptable he asserted.

Although the government rejects foreign meddling in Egypt’s domestic issues, he stated that international attention and initiatives are welcome, but, again, decisions will remain Egyptian.

"Internationalising Egypt's situation" he argued, increases polarisation and may cause a setback in reconciliation efforts and the path to democracy specified in the military and oppositions' new political roadmap.

Fahmy asked that the international community to understand that Egypt is undergoing a transitional period where "the country’s political identity is being shaped."

“In total truth, the future will not be for the political Islamist current nor for the secular current only, it will include both,” he added.

Regarding the reasons vice president for foreign relations Mohamed ElBaradei – an world-renowned, high-profile opposition figure - resigned, the Foreign Minister declined to comment.

Elbaradie stated in his resignation letter "It has become hard for me to keep bearing responsibility for decisions that I did not approve of and warned against their consequences," adding "I cannot be responsible before God for a single drop of blood."

A foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday that Fahmy called a number of European foreign ministers and diplomats.

In intensified efforts to explain to the international community the current Egyptian situation, Fahmy spoke to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.

"[He told them the Brotherhood and allies are] terrorising citizens, attacking governmental institutions, hospitals, churches, places of worship, causing a dangerous escalation against the country and its institutions and a threat to domestic peace and security," the spokesman detailed.  

Also, Fahmy reportedly criticised the international community’s alleged silence towards these criminal acts, which can no longer be called peaceful protesting. Their silence encourages armed groups to continue murdering and using violence and intimidation, he asserted.

The responsibility of any government that "respects itself and its people" is to provide security and impose public order within the context of the law.

Fahmy also declared the need for Egypt to move forward and implement the roadmap to democracy.

Several countries reacted to the bloody crackdown of the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Giza's Nahda Square. On Thursday, the United States said it will review aid to Egypt "in all forms" after US President Barack Obama cancelled joint military exercises with Egypt next month in response to the bloody clampdown by Egyptian security forces.

Obama urged Egypt's authorities to lift the imposed state of emergency and allow peaceful protests, but stopped short of suspending $1.3 billion in annual military aid.

Denmark announced on the same day it has suspended development aid to Egypt.

The German government also announced it was suspending 25 million Euros in aid to Egypt for climate and environmental protection projects.

The UN Security Council on Thursday urged all parties stop the violence and exercise maximum restraint after the 15-member council met in an emergency session on the Egypt situation.

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