Security Council calls for an end to violence in Egypt

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Security Council President Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina.

Members of the Security Council have stressed the importance of ending violence in Egypt following the killing and wounding of scores of people when security forces moved in to clear sit-ins in Cairo on Wednesday.

The Security Council met behind closed doors late on Thursday to hear a briefing by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson in the wake of Wednesday's violence.

Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina, the President of the Security Council during the month of August, briefed reporters on what transpired during the Council meeting.

"The members, first of, all expressed their sympathy to the victims and regretted the loss of lives. The view of Council members is that it's important to end the violence in Egypt and that the parties exercise maximum restraint, and there was a common desire on the need to stop the violence and to advance national reconciliation." (29")

United Nations officials, including the UN Secretary-General and independent human rights experts, have expressed concern about the violence in Egypt.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

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