Britain, France, Germany urge Mubarak to avoid violence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk prior to participation in a NATO Russia Council meeting at a NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday Nov. 20, 2010. NATO planned Saturday to deliver a historic invitation for Russia to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack, a milestone for an alliance that was built to defend against Soviet forces.(AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Jan 30 (KATAKAMI.COM / EXPATICA.COM) — British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to avoid violence “at all costs” in a joint statement Saturday.

The three leaders called on Egypt’s embattled president to commit to change in response to what they said were the “legitimate grievances” of his people.

“We are deeply concerned about the events that we are witnessing in Egypt,” said the statement.

“We recognise the moderating role President Mubarak has played over many years in the Middle East. We now urge him to show the same moderation in addressing the current situation in Egypt,” it continued.

“We call on President Mubarak to avoid at all costs the use of violence against unarmed civilians, and on the demonstrators to exercise their rights peacefully.”  (*)

Photostream : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. At left is Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

From right to left, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, during their meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, January 24, 2011. Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents that show Palestinians offering much bigger peace concessions than previously revealed. The documents, obtained by the Al Jazeera television channel, could undermine Abbas's position, whose public declarations about Jerusalem are at odds with what his officials were promising in private. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, listens to Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat during a press conference following his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt’s Islamists Call on Mubarak to Dissolve Parliament

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends the opening session of the Arab League Second Economic Forum, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh January 19, 2011. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih


Jan 20 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Egypt’s largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, has demanded that President Hosni Mubarak dissolve the country’s newly elected parliament and hold fresh elections, a move that appears to mirror the demands for change sparked by Tunisia’s popular uprising.

In a statement posted on its website Wednesday, the Brotherhood called the Tunisian upheaval “a cornerstone for the rest of the Arab and Islamic world.” It said the revolt sends a message to “all despotic leaders and corrupt regimes that they are not safe.”
The Islamist group called for an end to Egypt’s 30-year-old emergency law that bans political rallies and demanded sweeping constitutional amendments to allow free and fair presidential elections.

The Brotherhood also urged Egypt’s government to fight graft and put corrupt officials on trial, warning that if it does not move fast “stability might not last for long.”

The group failed to win a single seat in last year’s elections after taking home a fifth of the parliamentary seats five years earlier. The Brotherhood – which is banned but runs candidates as independents – and other opposition parties say the vote was rigged.

Opposition movements elsewhere in the region have also seized on events in Tunisia.

The Jordanian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday demanded King Abdullah II dissolve that country’s parliament and remove Prime Minister Samir Rifai’s government, saying it has failed to implement needed political and economic reforms.

Islamic Action Front leader Hamza Mansour said elections held November 9 were marred by fraud. In a protest Sunday, thousands of Jordanians called for the downfall of the government, pointing to Tunisia as an example.

The political pressure has been accompanied by a wave of self-immolation protests throughout north Africa.

This week, four Egyptian men attempted to set themselves on fire. One of the men died Tuesday from severe burns. Other recent acts of self-immolation or attempted burnings have been reported in Algeria and Mauritania.

The desperate protests appear to be copying last month’s fatal self-immolation of a 26-year-old unemployed university graduate in Tunisia that triggered widespread riots over unemployment, high food prices and the country’s authoritarian government.

The resulting upheaval forced Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee abroad last Friday, amid calls for his resignation.  (*)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Expresses Condolences to President of Egypt

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev



January 03, 2011 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIM.RU) — Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences to President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Hosni Mubarak following a terrorist attack in Alexandria.

The message reads, in part:

“It was with great sadness that I learned about the explosion that shook a Christian church in the city of Alexandria on the night of January 1, 2011.

Please pass my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and my wishes for a fast recovery to the injured.

I decisively condemn the extremists’ bloody attack and would like to assure you that Russia has and will continue to stand by Egypt and its people in the systematic, uncompromising fight against the cruel threat of terrorism.” (*)

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