UN chief urges maximum restraint by all sides in Egypt

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Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again urges all sides in Egypt to act with maximum restraint.

A statement from his Spokesperson's office says the Secretary-General is following the developments in Egypt closely, with growing concern.

The statement says the Secretary-General supports the rights of all Egyptians to hold peaceful protests. And, he calls on the interim authorities to ensure law and order along with guaranteeing the safety and security of all Egyptians.

Secretary-General Ban also renews his calls for a meaningful national dialogue and an inclusive reconciliation process. He says the aim must be to chart a peaceful path towards a full return of civilian control, constitutional order, and democratic governance.

The Secretary-General urges the interim authorities to end arbitrary arrests and other reported forms of harassment. He demanded that Mr. Mohammed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders currently in detention should be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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