Vienna, 15 August 2013 – Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his concern about the dramatic escalation of violence in Egypt and the alarmingly high death toll in Cairo and other cities. "I condemn the attacks on churches and public institutions in the strongest terms and call upon government and opposition to urgently replace confrontation and violence by dialogue and reconciliation", the Vice-Chancellor said. Spindelegger directed an urgent appeal to the security forces and the opposition to exercise the utmost restraint to avoid any further bloodshed.
"The events of the past 24 hours in Egypt are highly alarming. The democratic dawn that had triggered such high hopes in the Arab World is in danger of ending in violence after so short a time", the Vice-Chancellor said.
"The vast majority of Egyptians would like to continue on the road towards democratic state under the rule of law and would like to live in security and prosperity. It is therefore essential that the government initiates a credible process of reconciliation as soon as possible. Violence, confrontation, the declaration of state of emergency and curfews exacerbate the situation even further. National dialogue between all political forces will be the only possible way out of this serious crisis", Spindelegger said.
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