Situation in Egypt:
- extracts from the statement by Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC
- MEP's debate
EPRef94474 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle //
Lieu: European Parliament, Strasbourg
End production: 11/09/2013 First transmission: 11/09/2013
Egypt. Parliament discussed the current deadlock in Egypt and will vote on Thursday a resolution, following the government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the charges levelled against former President Mohamed Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) EC Vice president and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, " We have been working for many many months to support a political solution that would have seen real progress; Progress to be inclusive with the then opposition, and to listen to the people, process that would have helped to ensure a more democratic and more prosperous Egypt, so I left on that occasion with a real deep sense of foreboding . It seemed to me that there was a president who believed that it was enough to be elected but someone who understood that democracy demanded much much more than that."
||SOUNDBITE (English) EC Vice president and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy," We do not provide budget support for Egypt at the present time. We do support socio economic projects for people especially the most vulnerable in health care , in our school feeding programmes , in looking to help poor neighbourhoods and programmes for women. I proposed to Member states that we should continue with those programmes. i honestly believe, we must continue to support the people,"
||SOUNDBITE (English) EC Vice president and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy," We did what we set out to do. We remained in touch with the Egyptian authorities, with politicians on all sides on a regular basis. We don't take sides . We work to try and help achieve the best for the people and we
continue to stand by the people of Egypt who overwhelmingly want a return to democracy , to civilian rule and a strong and peaceful future."
SOUNDBITE (English) EC Vice president and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy," We want this country to succeed. We want to support it to do so but to do so with the principles and values that we hold. "
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jose Ignacio SALAFRANCA SANCHEZ NEYRA, (EPP, SP),"We need to ensure that there can be transition to democracy with a draft constitution , respecting fundamental rights and freedoms, a referendum to approve the draft constitution, presidential election and general elections that will show that there has been a normalisation of democracy and a stabilisation of the country."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jose Ignacio SALAFRANCA SANCHEZ NEYRA, (EPP, SP)," we should be extremely cautious with what we do with EU aid not to make any mistakes and not to forget that what we should be doing is supporting the people of the country helping Egyptian society on the basis of our values."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique De Keyser,(S&D, BE)," many of us criticised President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood for the way they ran the country and yet we have to be inclusive. yet how can we trust the Egyptian military when they were part of Mubarak's political and economic apparatus ? How can it guide Egypt towards democracy?
||SOUNDBITE (English) Marietje SCHAAKE, (ALDE, NL), "I believe that a strong partnership with a new Egypt is still possible but it must be values based. and the EU must continue to clearly states that it is us that have the Egyptian people at heart as a change from our own policies but also as a focus regardless of which governments may come and go. We mist also ensure that there are sufficient safeguards and there is accountability for the funds that we do transfer to Egypt when the time is right"
SOUNBITE (Dutch) Judith SARGENTINI (GREENS/EFA, NL)," Morsi was told that he was not inclusive enough, he did not bring people on board, he had authoritarian tendencies but the same is happening right now , it is what we are witnessing right now and too is dangerous that's why we need to I think ; work with the Government but I don't think we should forget what 's been happening in the course of the last few months "