UN CHIEF URGES REINFORCEMENT OF CIVILIAN RULE IN EGYPT

12 Jul 2013 11:19

UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (Bernama) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday reiterated his appeals for "calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint" in Egypt following its military's decision to remove President Mohamed Morsi from power and suspend the constitution, calling on the army to "quickly reinforce civilian rule" in the country.

"The secretary-general is following closely and with continuing concern the fast-moving developments in Egypt," said a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson.

"He continues to stand with the aspirations of the Egyptian people."China's Xinhua news agency quoted Ban's spokesperson as saying in the statement.

According to the statement, many Egyptians in their protests have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns.

However, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern, the UN chief stressed in the statement, adding that Egypt's transition is now at another "delicate juncture."

"Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy," Ban noted.

"At this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, the secretary-general reiterates his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint," said the statement.

Ban also added that an inclusive approach is essential to addressing the needs and concerns of all Egyptians

The Egyptian president was sacked by the army on Wednesday. The generals put the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court in charge of Egypt for a transitional period and suspended the constitution.

The move came following Morsi's refusal to heed the army's 48-hour deadline to either step down or call for early elections, as demanded by the protesters unhappy with his policies for the past year since he took office.

-- BERNAMA

RT