Germany urges Cairo to end violence

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany added its voice Saturday to calls from abroad for Egypt's government to refrain from violence against demonstrators and undertake reforms.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said: "I call on officials in Egypt and the security forces to be aware of their responsibility so that the situation does not degenerate further.

"There should be no use of violence against peaceful demonstrations."

He added in a statement issued by his ministry: "On the political level it is crucial that Egyptian leaders take the path of political and economic reforms now."

Tens of thousands of Egyptians snubbed President Hosni Mubarak's promised reforms and took their revolt to the streets for a fifth day on Saturday.

Fresh riots erupted in several cities, with three people killed in Cairo and three policemen in the Sinai town of Rafah, bringing the death toll from the nationwide protests to at least 51 since Tuesday.

Westerwelle said that Mubarak's pledges of reform made in a speech late Friday should be followed by meaningful action.

"For lasting stability there must be democracy, respect for human rights and guarantees of freedom of opinion."

© 2011 AFP

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