Ban tells Egyptian foreign minister of the need to protect fundamental human rights of all Egyptians

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the military intervention into Egypt's civilian and constitutional affairs.

The Secretary-General spoke Thursday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamal Amr reminding the foreign minister of the need for the Egyptian authorities to protect the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians, including freedom of speech and assembly.

Secretary-General Ban also called for an end to all violence, especially sexual violence against women.

Noting that he has long supported the aspirations of the Egyptian people, the Secretary-General called for a peaceful dialogue that includes all parts of Egypt’s political spectrum to find a way forward.

He stressed the need for a quick return to civilian rule in Egypt based on a clear roadmap for elections.

Secretary-General Ban underscored the UN’s support for an Egyptian government fully accountable to the Egyptian people and supportive of Egyptian aspirations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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