Vienna, 6 December 2012 - "The most recent violent escalation of the situation in Egypt is highly alarming. The increasing polarisation of the Egyptian society which has already claimed deaths and left hundreds of people injured puts the development of the country at stake", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said. "I urge all parties involved to remain level-headed and observe the rules of democracy. Egypt is at a fundamental turning point, if it wants to become a democratic country with distinct separation of powers between president, government and parliament. Violence and the refusal to strike a compromise are aggravating the situation", Spindelegger said and added that the political escalation would also scare off potential investors and thus put the economic recovery of the country at risk. "Dialogue and negotiations between all political camps and important groups of society are the only way to find a lasting and fair solution. This also applies to the new Egyptian constitution, which will only be based on solid ground if it is drafted by consensus, with the active involvement of all stakeholders of society", the Vice-Chancellor concluded.
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