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Friday, December 14, 2012
Egyptian armys national dialogue postponed following presidential pressure - Source

Egyptian army’s “national dialogue” postponed following presidential
pressure - Source
14/12/2012
By Mohamed Abdu Hassanein and Hiba Al-Qudsi
http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=32166

Cairo/Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat – Well-informed sources told Asharq
Al-Awsat that the “national dialogue” called for by Egyptian Armed Forces
Commander-in-Chief General Major General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was postponed
following pressure by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. Egyptian Defense
Minister, Major General al-Sisi, had called for all political parties to
conduct “national dialogue” in order to avoid Egypt entering a “dark tunnel”.
The dialogue had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday but was postponed
at the last minute. Sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that Egyptian President
Mohamed Mursi had pressured the military to postpone this in light of the
Muslim Brotherhood’s refusal to respond to the armed forces call for
dialogue, viewing this as interference on the part of the military in
politics.

The Egyptian military had initially issued a statement affirming that “the
armed forces…realize their responsibility to preserve the higher interests
of the country and to secure and protect vital targets, public institutions
and the interests of innocent citizens.” It added “the armed forces affirm
that dialogue is the best and only way to reach consensus. The opposite of
that will bring us to a dark tunnel that will result in catastrophe and that
is something we will not allow.”

However the Egyptian Armed Forces issued an official statement on Wednesday
announcing the postponement of the national dialogue, citing the
unenthusiastic response by the concerned political parties. Egyptian
President Mohamed Mursi had confirmed that he would attend this meeting, as
did senior National Salvation Front figures Amr Moussa, Mohamed ElBaradei
and Hamdeen Sabbahi. The official statement asserted that the
military-backed national dialogue would be postponed until a later date.

However a well-informed source, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition
of anonymity, claimed that this dialogue had not been postponed, but
cancelled, following pressure by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. The
source added that this move represents a huge insult to the Egyptian public,
who respect and appreciate the role of Egypt’s armed forces to protect
Egyptian national unity.

For his part, Dr. Gamal Heshmat, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party’s
National Committee, stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party
was the first to respond to the military’s call for national dialogue. He
added that the Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party had no
objection to this national dialogue, and had nothing to do with its
postponement.

In an official statement on the Freedom and Justice Party’s website, Dr.
Heshmat claimed that political opponents were spreading false rumors that
the Brotherhood was responsible for the national dialogue’s postponement and
that the Muslim Brotherhood General Guide was interfering with the
operations of the presidency, however he stressed that this was completely
untrue. He said that anybody making such claims must produce evidence,
adding that many parties are seeking to embarrass and insult the presidency
by spreading false rumors and lies.

For its part, the Egyptian presidency completely denied exerting any
pressure on the armed forces to postpone or cancel the national dialogue.

Whilst the US State Department warned Cairo to exercise restraint in the
face of widespread protests against the draft constitution. US State
Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said “we continue to have deep
concerns about the situation in Egypt. Our Ambassador and our other
officials there are talking to all of the different stakeholders. We again
call on those who are demonstrating to do so peacefully. We call on Egypt’s
leaders and security forces to respect the right of peaceful express and to
exercise restraint.”

She added “we want to see these issues resolved democratically, we want to
see them resolved consensually, we want to see them resolved through a
process of consultation, without any preconditions, that result in more
national unity in Egypt, more democracy in Egypt, and a sense of belonging
for all Egyptians.”

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