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"The Secretary-General regrets that Egyptian authorities chose instead to use force to respond to the ongoing demonstrations," the spokesperson of UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. On August 14 in Cairo, Egyptian security services used force to clear sit-ins and demonstrations organized by the Muslim Brotherhood who has been demanding the full and immediate reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Contrary to Turkey and most of the Middle Eastern countries which quickly condemned the arrest of Mr. Morsi as a "military coup," the Western countries, particularly the United States, have been hesitating over which stance to choose about the situation in Egypt.
The military's coming back to power didn't apparently trigger further diplomatic reaction by the West, however this stance may have been invalidated as a result of the latest "deplorable events", said US Secretary of State John Kerry. "Violence, the declaration of the state of emergency, and the decision by Vice-President Mohammed ElBaradei to resign will not create the right environment for (political process that will restore democratic structures) to happen," said EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the West for the outburst of violence. "International community's support to the coup and its reticence on the previous massacres, rather than protecting the democracy and constitutional legitimacy in Egypt have encouraged the existing administration on (August 14) intervention," Mr. Erdogan stated. The UN Security Council is likely to hold an emergency meeting lest Egypt could turn into another Syria.
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