Mubarak speech 'not the hoped for step forward': German FM

11th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech "was not the hoped for step forward."

"The worries of the international community are rather bigger after this speech than before," he said, after Mubarak failed to pacify the around 200,000 people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square in anticipation of his resignation.

Westerwelle, speaking in New York, also called on demonstrators not to resort to violence.

"We are counting on a peaceful transition," he said.

But demonstrators had the right to see their aspirations met "for freedom, democracy and the future," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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