Situation in Egypt: - extracts EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 09/07/2013 First transmission: 09/07/2013
MEPs from the Committee on Foreign Affairs held a debate in the presence of European Commission representatives on the current situation in Egypt. Following the vote on a resolution in Strasbourg, last week, MEPs continued to express their concerns over the current events in the country. It was stressed out that Egyptian military should maintain their commitment to facilitate a democratic transition and to restore the democratic processes as soon as possible. High attention was also paid to the urgent economic and social problems that have to be addressed in Egypt. In the latest developments, Egypt's interim administration has published a timetable for a transition to a new democratic government.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels
||SOUNDBITE (German) Elmar BROK, (EPP, DE) Chairman AFET: "There is a dangerous situation when a democratically elected president is removed from power. We have to look at the process and the legitimacy here and issues related to freedom, how to achieve a better economic and social situation. These processes turned into a bit of a catastrophe and been used for Islamisation rather than advancing freedom."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Christian BERGER, Director for North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq in the EEAS: "The regional aspect of this because it has broader repercussions, not only in Egypt, it had repercussions on the political discourse in Turkey, in Qatar, in Saudi Arabia, in Libya, but also we see a very practical impact on the situation in the Gaza Strip at the moment. You can also see it against the background of a struggle between Secularism and Islamisation, which again has a broader regional connotation."
||SOUNDBITE (English) León BERNARDINO, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean region: "We made very clear that the army had no role in this new stage and we urged the political parties to take the effective power and to make announcements, to make clear that their intention was not to interrupt the democratic transition in Egypt."
||SOUNDBITE (English) León BERNARDINO, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean region: "The solution will not be just to change seats between government and opposition. If now we go back to the same situation, but with a liberal running the government and the Muslim Brothers in opposition we will still face the same problem that has affected Egypt in the last months which is polarisation. So the second very clear message beyond no role for the army was no role for polarisation. Unless you share power, unless you reach an agreement no one can run Egypt by itself."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Karel PINXTEN, European Court of Auditors: "Overall, the Commission and the EAS have not been able to manage EU support to improve governance in Egypt effectively. So, if the question is "was the aid managed in an effective way?" the answer is "no!". Why is the answer no? For two reasons: 1) the very difficult conditions in Egypt and also the unwillingness as well as under president Mubarak and under president Morsi from Egyptian side and 2nd reason: shortcomings in the way External Action Service and the Commission have managed their cooperation."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT): "What kind of role does it play now in the crafting of the laws, and namely the Constitution to make sure that indeed is an inclusive process, which is a democratic one, where women are respected and they have not been respected these days, and respected given full rights and of course when freedom of speech is fully insured."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Franziska Katharina BRANTNER (Greens/ALE, DE): "How can the international community, for example, convene a conference bringing altogether the Muslim Brothers, the youth, the military, the old actors? Isn't there a way to organise such a conference? Can't we do it together with other actors? We would have to bring Saudi Arabia, Qatar, let's bring them and help!"
||SOUNDBITE (French) Arnaud DANJEAN, (EPP, FR): "Now a bit naively perhaps we discover after the battle that the Muslim Brotherhood had their own agenda and one that perhaps didn't suite us very well. So we are discovering after the Egyptians themselves what was happening in terms of president Morsi. What about the army? Do we have direct links with the army to know what they were thinking? We're discovering now that Egypt is not a Swedish style democracy. Well, I can see a lot of foreign ministers calling for return to constitutional order, but dates back less than a year now, at the constitutional order in Egypt, these declarations are fine for our public audience, but they have no impact on such a volatile situation as Egypt."
||Cutaway shot with the Committee Members