Foreign Affairs Council, 3254st meeting: compilation of doorsteps on Egypt
Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius
On 22 July 2013, the Foreign Affairs Council took place in Brussels, Belgium and was chaired by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC.
This video shows arrivals and statements on the situation in Egypt.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Egypt is full of rumors. What we have done is we went to see, I went to see very quickly all of the people concerned. Many of them remember we know because in the last weeks and months, we have been to Egypt a number of times to try and help support the importance of an inclusive approach to the problems and issues in Egypt. You know, I said this again hundred of times; you cannot build a democracy in five minutes. You do need to build it deep and that means you need to look at the role of those in power, the response of the people and the role of those who are, if you like opposition in that, and trying to work out and work with everyone to ensure the greatest stability and the greatest possibility for Egypt to have a really dynamic future.
||Soundbite by Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH): I believe it is not the way to remove governments by military forces. This is not acceptable, not legitimate. And now, they should get beck as soon as it is possible to the democratic process, to the elections, elected government, elected leadership and that is a must for the society.
||Soundbite by Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH) on the imprtance of having an inclusive process and a democratic transition
||Soundbite by Carl Bildt (in ENGLISH) on suspending aid and negotiations for an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
||Soundbite by William Hague, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (in ENGLISH) on the military interventions and the democratic transition in Egypt
||Soundbite by José Manuel García-Margallo, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, (in SPANISH) on the need to achieve political stability in Egypt through presidential elections
||Soundbite by Guido Westerwelle, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in ENGLISH): I don't make comments to the domestic situation in Egypt with one exception; we thing that without an inclusive and comprehensive approach it will only repeat the mistakes of the last months, which means if we want to have a lasting, stable, democratic development in Egypt, it is necessary that all political forces are on board, that all understand that violence is not an answer and that all understand that only an inclusive solution will be a peaceful, stable and reliable solution for the people in Egypt.