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Britain, China call for peace in Egypt

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:27

July 4 - British leaders say they hope Egypt will embrace democracy after the ousting of President Mohamed Mursi, while China urged all sides to avoid bloodshed. Tom Dinham Reports.

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World leaders weigh in on Egypt's political upheaval a day after Mohamed Mursi was deposed by the military to the delight of millions gathered in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said that a return to democracy is paramount. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "We never support in countries the intervention by the military. But what now needs to happen, what we need to happen now in Egypt, is for democracy to flourish and for a genuine, democratic transition to take place and all parties need to be involved in that. And that's what Britain and our allies will be saying very clearly to the Egyptians " Foreign Secretary William Hague echoed Cameron's comments. (SOUNDBITE (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE, SAYING: "It is the problem with a military intervention of course that it is a precedent for the future. And if this can happen to one elected president, it can happen to another in the future. And that's why it's so important to entrench democratic institutions." Meanwhile, Chinese officials asked Egypt to do all it can to avoid bloodshed, urging the transitional government to use dialogue to solve issues facing the country. Constitutional Court head Adli Mansour has taken over from Mursi, who was forced out of office Wednesday night for failing to come to a power sharing agreement with the opposition.

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Britain, China call for peace in Egypt

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 01:27