Westerwelle sees agypt on the brink of civil war

Westerwelle sees agypt on the brink of civil war

The FDP politician called for a kind of "round table" with the participation of all important political forces, so that the country could return to a democratic course. Nevertheless, the military, the transitional government and the supporters of ousted president mohammed mursi are preparing for new clashes.

After one-day talks with the various sides, westerwelle was much more pessimistic than he had been at the beginning. He warned: "an escalation of violence could very quickly lead to a real bloodbath."In egypt, the military overthrew the islamist president mursi a month ago. Since then, there have already been numerous deaths.

Despite a call for evacuation, thousands of mursi supporters held their ground in two protest camps in cairo. Interior ministry urged demonstrators to end their ongoing protests immediately – but to no avail. The ministry then declared that the first steps toward clearing the country had already been taken.

It was not clear whether there would be any rough-cutting during westerwelle’s visit. Minister leaves for germany on friday noon. For the same day, the islamists called for demonstrations.

After mursi’s ouster on 3. July westerwelle was the first western minister to visit cairo. In addition to transitional president adli mansur, he met army chief abdel fattah al-sisi, who is considered the real strong man. On the german side, there was subsequent talk of a "very serious" situation. During the hour-and-a-half meeting, the controversies became clear. In the afternoon, westerwelle also met with representatives of the muslim brotherhood, from whose ranks comes mursi.

Westerwelle’s request for a meeting with the ex-president was rejected by the new leadership. Mursi is being held in an unknown location. Westerwelle said agypt is in a "decisive phase" of its history. It is now necessary "to involve all social forces in the transformation process and to avoid any appearance of selective justice.". He made possible german financial aid dependent on democratic progress.

Westerwelle avoided any determination of whether the overthrow was a military coup or not. "These are the first minutes of a historic hour". We will not make a final assessment of a development that is in flux at this point in time."Qualification as a "coup" would call into question financial aid to agypt – especially from the U.S.

Egypt’s eaves minister nabil fahmi assured that there would be no revenge justice in his country. However, those who incite violence or become violent themselves must be held responsible. The current leadership was ready for the "participation of all political forces that had not committed any crimes. Fahmi added: "we are working on a peaceful solution to all the problems. But we will not accept that our national security is threatened or compromised."