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Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Egypt Violence


CONTACT: Deborah Hakes, 1 404 420-5124

I am deeply concerned that the ongoing violence in Egypt is rapidly eroding the chances for dialogue and a road to reconciliation.

I am especially concerned that Egyptians are arming themselves and engaging in inter-communal violence. The recent confrontations have already resulted in hundreds of deaths, and turning against one another will only lead to more pain and suffering.

The declared state of emergency places an extra responsibility on the armed security forces of Egypt to remain within reasonable limitations not only of the use of lethal force but a fundamental respect for the human rights of their fellow Egyptians.

The cycle of violence can only be broken through dialogue among Egypt's political leaders and among Egyptians themselves. I hope that all Egyptians will see the wisdom of a commitment to end the violence, restoration of peaceful dialogue and debate, and the most rapid possible return to constitutional order with full respect for human rights.

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