NATO chief urges speedy return to civilian rule in Egypt

AFP , Thursday 4 Jul 2013

North Atlantic alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he does not anticipate any regional spillover from recent events in Egypt

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday called for a quick return to civilian government in Egypt.

"I am gravely concerned by the situation in Egypt and ... reports of fighting and deaths" given the country's "vital role" in the region, Rasmussen told a news conference.

"I call on everyone to exercise restraint and refrain from violence, to respect human rights, including the rights of minorities, and the rule of law -- and to work to establish a democratic and inclusive civilian government as soon as possible," he said.

It was critical for all sides to work together "with the common goal of reinforcing democracy in Egypt", he said at a news conference.

Replying to a question Rasmussen said he did not expect any spillover.

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