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Kerry On Egypt

Opponents of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi throw stones at Morsi supporters in Cairo's Nasr City. (July 27, 2013)

The U.S. is concerned about the recent bloodshed in Egypt that has killed scores of demonstrators and injured more than 1,000 people.

The United States is deeply concerned about the recent bloodshed and violence in Cairo and Alexandria that has killed scores of Egyptian demonstrators and injured more than 1,000 people. More than 260 people have been killed since the military removed President Mohammed Morsi from power on July 3.

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In a written statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared this a pivotal moment for Egypt. "Over two years ago, a revolution began. Its final verdict," said Mr. Kerry, "is not decided, but it will be forever impacted by what happens right now."

In this extremely volatile environment, Egyptian authorities have a moral and legal obligation to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Both are essential components of the inclusive democratic process they have publicly supported.

Violence not only further sets back the process of reconciliation and democratization in Egypt, but it will negatively impact regional stability.

At this critical juncture, it is essential that the security forces and the interim government of President Adly Mansour and Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei respect the right of peaceful protest, including the ongoing sit-in demonstrations.

The United States urges an independent and impartial inquiry into the events of recent days and calls on all Egypt's leaders across the political spectrum to act immediately to help their country to take a step back from the brink.

Egypt urgently needs inclusive political process that achieves a freely and fairly elected government committed to pluralism and tolerance.

The Egyptians who poured into Tahrir Square in 2011 and 2013 called for this outcome for their country's future and for their aspirations.

A political dialogue, which interim government officials have themselves supported, requires participants who represent all the political parts of Egyptian society.

To make possible such a dialogue, the United States calls for an end to arbitrary detentions. It is the only way to put Egypt on the path to a democratic future.