UN Secretary - General Ban Ki - moon has called on all sides in Egypt to refrain from provocations and favor dialogue amid simmering tensions in the North African country.
In a Friday statement released by his spokesman Ban said, “in light of current tensions and given the risk of potential violence, the secretary - general also believes it is of critical importance that all sides in Egypt - - those in positions of authority as well as those protesting in the street - - should urgently reconsider their current actions and language. ” The statement said that the UN chief urges Egyptians to put aside or avoid actions and words which are “likely to be perceived by others as provocative. ”
“Instead they(Egyptians) should try to look creatively at new approaches toward a genuinely inclusive political process that would be rooted in reconciliation, ” the statement read.
Thousands of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi rallied across Egypt on Friday instigating clashes that left dozens wounded. The demonstrations came despite interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi warning that a crackdown on pro-Morsi protest camps was looming. Supporters of the ousted president, who have been holding two major sit-ins in the capital Cairo, have pledged to continue their protest until his reinstatement, saying that his July 3 overthrow by the Egyptian army is a violation of democratic principles. Late Thursday, Beblawi warned that the situation in the country “is approaching the moment we would rather avoid.” On Wednesday, the premier also called on supporters of Morsi to immediately leave their protest camps in Cairo. Egypt has been the scene of violence since the overthrow of Morsi. Scores of people, most of them supporters of Morsi, have been killed or injured.