Egypt participates in Ukraine International Travel, Tourism Exhibition    139 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza    Palestinian under attack in 73rd anniversary of Nakba Day    Egypt's Health Ministry launches awareness campaigns against COVID-19    Egypt partakes in drafting OECD Recommendations on AI    Palestine's Telecom Ministry names top social media supportive hashtags for maximum engagement    Egypt fines mobile operators EGP 20m for number portability violations    Sudan pledges to investigate killing of 2 protestors during peaceful sit-in    Grand Egyptian Museum finishes installing Tutankhamun's 3rd shrine    Egypt discovers several ancient tombs in Sohag's Al-Hamdiya necropolis    Egypt scales up readiness of hospitals nationwide for Eid Al-Fitr holidays    Egyptian hospitals in Sinai on alert amid Israeli aggression on Gaza    Egypt announces Thursday 1st day of Eid Al-Fitr    Nuweiba: Egypt's paradise of serenity    Egypt's current account deficit jumps to $7.6 bln in 1H of FY2020/21: CBE    Egypt's trade deficit down 1.2% to $3.34bn in February 2021: CAPMAS    Global economic recovery to improve debt service coverage ratios: Moody's    Egypt's Parliament discusses abolishing imprisonment for female debtors    India signs an agreement to buy 300,000 doses of Remdesivir from Eva Pharma    Egypt will locally manufacture first 2m Sinovac vaccine doses by June-end    2021 South East European Film Festival celebrates cinematic diversity of 18 countries    Turkey seeks to restore 'historic unity' with Egyptian people: Erdogan    Elneny's Arsenal targets 'remontada' in Europa League semi-finals    Zamalek eye return to victories at expense of Smouha in Egyptian Premier League    Al Ahly face injuries as they take on Al Ittihad Alexandria    Egypt buys 30 Rafale fighter jets from France    Direct flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in June, Ambassador    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Blinken presses Ethiopia's Abiy to ensure full withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray    Forces opposed to Somali president control parts of Mogadishu    Nine people executed in Egypt over Kerdasa police killings in 2013    UEFA investigating Ibrahimovic's alleged ties to betting company    61 doctors died from coronavirus since start of April: Egypt's medical syndicate    Egypt targets 5.6% inflation rate in FY2020/21, 6% in FY2021/22    Egypt allocates EGP 132 bln to modernise railway system: Transport minister    Real Madrid not thinking about any Super League sanctions: Zidane    Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG after attacks    All the winners at the 93rd Academy Awards    Egypt's Ahly granted approval to build new stadium on Cairo outskirts    Aswan Int'l Women's Film Festival dedicates 5th edition to Kawthar Heikal    BREAKING: Egypt's information minister Osama Heikal resigns amid parliamentary criticism    'War was not Egypt's aim, but peace was the ultimate goal,' Sisi says on Sinai Liberation Day anniversary    Factbox: Key nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    Allianz Egypt partners with IGNITE to equip brand ambassadors for 2021 Olympics    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Foreign ministry rejects European Parliament resolution
Published in Daily News Egypt on 08 - 02 - 2014

The foreign ministry rejected a number of aspects in a resolution put forth by the European Parliament (EP) last week.
Foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said: "The Egyptian people are the only ones to decide their fate and future," in a statement issued on Saturday that was critical of the content of the EP's resolution.
The spokesman added that no domestic or foreign party was entitled to comment on matters that fall under the responsibility of the judiciary, in reference to comments made by the parliament concerning the trial of journalists in Egypt. The Egyptian judiciary, which the statement said was "known for its independence and integrity", was part of the country's separation of powers and that no one "under any pretext" could interfere in its work.
Abdelatty also cited the acquittal of Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohamed Badr, who had been detained since July and stood trial with 61 others.
He added that it was "unacceptable" that the resolution "equates a party that practiced violence and terrorism against civilians" with "security forces and state institutions" that are responsible with "imposing public order and providing security".
The foreign ministry also criticised the EP's resolution for saying the referendum had a "relatively low turnout" and added that it rejected parts of the resolution critical of some articles that passed "with an overwhelming level of support".
The ministry welcomed some points made in the resolution, especially those relating to the condemnation of violence and terrorism and parts that welcomed certain aspects of the newly passed constitution that dealt with human rights.
Abdelatty also approved of an article in the resolution that called for cooperation between Egypt and the European Union when it came to restoring smuggled funds and assets that had belonged to members of the foreign regime.
The resolution, which was published on Thursday, was critical of the political process in Egypt that was initiated with former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster.
"The run-up to the referendum was marred by acts of violence and the harassment and arrest of activists campaigning for a No vote," said the resolution, which added that such actions led to a "one-sided public debate ahead of the referendum".
The resolution also welcomed the "positive elements" in the new constitution, which included fundamental freedoms and human rights, the protection of minorities, and women's rights. However, it decried articles relating to the armed forces and its lack of civilian oversight and the constitution's restriction of freedom of religious worship to the followers of the three Abrahamic religions.
The EP's resolution also condemned "excessive force against protesters" and the crackdown on journalists.
The resolution also pointed to both the Muslim Brotherhood and interim government as inciting against one another. It additionally highlighted the increased sectarian attacks on Coptic churches following Morsi's ouster and "acts of terrorism and violent attacks against security forces".
MEPs of the parliament also issued a press statement calling on "all the political actors and security forces in Egypt to show the utmost restraint and avoid provocation and further violence".
They also called upon the Egyptian authorities to fully and effectively implement the new constitution's "provisions on fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of assembly, association and expression, and human rights".
"The referendum on the constitution was an opportunity to build national consensus, reconciliation and stability in the country," said the press statement, which then expressed "strong regrets at the violent clashes before, during and after the referendum".
The Foreign Affairs Council meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday. According to the council, European ministers will discuss a number of Egyptian issues and "reaffirm the importance of the European Union's relationship with Egypt and the EU's continued support for the Egyptian people in their desire to establish a democratic and prosperous society that enshrines dignity, the rule of law and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights."
The council said it would "take stock of the situation in Egypt" to assess the constitutional referendum.
In a Thursday statement UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "very concerned" about "increasing restrictions placed upon journalists and the media in Egypt", adding that he would discuss related issues with other European foreign ministers at council meetings starting on Monday.

Clic here to read the story from its source.