Germany 'very worried' about Egypt unrest

26th January 2011, Comments 1 comment

Germany is "very worried" by unrest in Egypt, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, calling on all sides to refrain from violence and on Cairo to do more for human rights.

"We are very worried by how the situation in Egypt is developing," Guido Westerwelle told reporters.

"We call on all the parties to exercise restraint and renounce violence. The situation in Egypt should not be allowed to escalate further and for this reason restraint from violence ... is the order of the day," he said.

"The current situation in Egypt highlights the need for a dialogue in society, it highlights the need for more democracy, respect for people and for human rights. That is the best way to achieve stability," he added.

"It is always in places where human rights and civil rights are denied, where freedoms are curtailed that there is a danger of instability and of conflicts within society."

Four people died on Tuesday during unprecedented nationwide rallies seeking to end President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade-long rule.

Activists have called for more protests on Wednesday but the interior ministry said further demonstrations were banned and anyone taking part would be prosecuted.

"The right of people to protest peacefully must be protected -- that applies to all countries," German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government press briefing.

© 2011 AFP

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