President of the European Parliament Buzek on the developments in Egypt

Buzek on the developments in Egypt
Brussels
28/01/2011
In reaction to the dramatic developments of the last few hours in Egypt, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, made the following statement:

„The news from Egypt is alarming. Force is not the answer to the legitimate concerns and democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people. It is time for dialogue and restraint.

The entire world is watching what is happening in Egypt tonight and will hold the authorities accountable for any inappropriate use of force or any innocent death.

In a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails, citizens are allowed to move freely, to talk to each other and to communicate with the rest of the world.

Internet services and phone lines need to be accessible to all. It must be guaranteed that any representative of peaceful opposition will enjoy full freedom of movement and speech.

I call on Egypt, as a partner country of the EU, to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of their citizens.“

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Background:
 

The European Parliament will debate the issue of democratisation in the Southern European neighbourhood at its next plenary session in the coming week, on 02 and 03 February.

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For further information:
Robert A. Golański
Spokesman
Mobile: +32 475 751 663

Friedrich Bokern
Press Officer
Mobile. +32 498 981 348

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