United Nations Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has called for quick return to civilian rule in Egypt as the key to overcoming crisis in the country.
The Secretary-General raised these and other concerns in a phone conversation with Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohammed Kamal Ali Amr, according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York.
Noting that he has been monitoring closely developments in Egypt, Mr. Ban expressed “deep concern” about military intervention into civilian and constitutional affairs.
“He reminded the Foreign Minister of the need for the Egyptian authorities to protect the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians, including freedom of speech and assembly.”
The readout of the phone conversation notes that the UN chief had also called for an end to all violence, especially violence against women.
“He stressed the need for a quick return to civilian rule in Egypt based on a clear roadmap for elections,” the readout says, adding that Mr. Ban underscored the UN’s support for an Egyptian government fully accountable to the Egyptian people and supportive of Egyptian aspirations.