Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today (4 July) issued the following statement in Athens commenting on events in Egypt:
“This is a severe setback for democracy in Egypt. It is a matter of urgency that Egypt restore constitutional order as quickly as possible.
The suspension of constitutional order and the ousting of the President by the Egyptian armed forces are grave matters. I am profoundly concerned. Such a disruption of the democratic order is not a long-term solution to the huge problems Egypt is facing.
There is a serious danger that the democratic transition process in Egypt will be badly damaged. This would have far-reaching consequences not only within the country but for the entire region.
I call upon all those in positions of responsibility in Egypt to act with circumspection, to come together and look for ways to end this serious crisis of state. A solution can only be reached through dialogue and political compromise.
No section of society may be excluded. Violence must never be accepted as a tool of political discourse, nor must politically motivated persecution or arbitrary arrests. The achievements of the Egyptian revolution – particularly freedom of the press and freedom of assembly – must not be tampered with.
Germany remains willing to support the development of a new democratic order in Egypt.”