White House urges lasting solution to Egyptian unrest

White House urges lasting solution to Egyptian unrest
# 30 January 2013 03:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The White House on Tuesday called for a lasting solution to the unfolding unrest in Egypt, APA reports.

"We call on all Egyptian leaders across the political spectrum to make clear that violence and looting is not acceptable and to actively work to prevent further violence," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Nevada state.

"Egyptians need to engage in a peaceful process in order to reach a lasting solution to the current unrest," he said.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi imposed a curfew and a state of emergency on Sunday in response to the bloody clashes in the coastal cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia. However, thousands of protesters took to the streets on Monday evening till late hours in defiance of the curfew and army deployment.

Days of clashes between the protesters and the security forces have left over 50 people dead and about 2,000 others injured, renewing concern about Egypt's ongoing transition process.

"This democratic process must adhere to the rights of all Egyptians, and we look to the government of Egypt to ensure that the people's right to due process is protected," Carney said.

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