Anti-Coup Alliance Statement on US Delegation Meet Saturday, August 3
At the invitation of the Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, and in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Egypt and the European Union special representative Bernardino León, a meeting with the Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, at 11AM on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
The Alliance was represented by a delegation as follows:
Dr. Mohamed Ali Bishr, Minister of Local Development
Dr. Amr Darrag, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
MP Tariq Al-Malt, leader of Wassat Party’s parliamentary bloc
Ms. Nevin Malak, National Conscience Front
Ms. Hoda Abdel-Moneim, human rights activist and member of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights
The Alliance delegation reaffirmed that:
– We reject US statements made recently by Secretary Kerry in support of the military coup in clear violation of constitutional legitimacy acknowledged by democratic states.
– We strongly reject foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, and at the same time, we welcome the international community’s announced respect for the principles of democracy and human rights and its renunciation of military coups and massacres.
– We support democratic legitimacy, including reinstatement of the elected President, the Constitution and the Shura Council (the Upper House). This conforms to President Morsi’s initiative as announced before the military coup that crushed democracy by suspending the Constitution and abducted the President.
– We condemn the situation witnessed by Egyptians, which is a flagrant violation of human rights, during the past few weeks, and which revealed the bloody face of the military coup.
– Alliance-led protest activities of the Egyptian people are entirely peaceful, and are based on the natural right to hold demonstrations and sit-ins, and freedom of assembly and association.
We condemn any calls to or acts of violence, including all criminal attacks in the Sinai.
We reaffirm our full readiness to allow any recognized independent international human rights organizations unfettered access to all areas and locations at our sit-ins to prove that they have absolutely no weapons, contrary to hostile media’s repeated false claims.
– We welcome any political solutions suggested on the basis of constitutional legitimacy and rejection of the coup.
– We call for a neutral international investigation of the human rights violations that took place in the aftermath of the military coup, including the killing of peaceful protesters, fabrication of criminal charges, confiscation of freedom of expression, and the shuttering of satellite TV channels.
Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance
Cairo: August 3, 2013