Press Release Regarding The Declaration Made By The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Egypt On 29 September 2014 , 30.09.2014
No: 307, 30 September 2014
that stability in Egypt can only be achieved with a democratically legitimate government
based on the people’s will, resulting from an inclusive political process is
well-known. Turkey reiterates its calls for a rapid transition to democracy in
line with the will of the people in Egypt, as its principled stance on this matter
entails. As a matter of fact, all these calls are based on Turkey’s desire that
the well-being of the brotherly people of Egypt is ensured and that its free
will is fully reflected upon political and social life.
observe that the administration in Egypt, instead of taking into account such
sincere calls, voices unacceptable allegations against Turkey, as a
manifestation of the psychology of guilt caused by the illegal action that has
been performed and an indicator of its inability, which can also be seen from
the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's September 29, 2014 press release. Needless to
say, none of these claims can be taken seriously or be accepted.
In Egypt, large
numbers of demonstrators have been killed in one single day as a result of disproportionate use of force by security
forces; the death toll since the July 3 military intervention has reached
thousands, and the number of those arrested amounted to tens of thousands; such
events have been considered by independent human rights organizations as “crimes
against humanity”; hundreds of people have been sentenced to death in groundless
trials; political parties, democratic movements and youth groups have been banned on arbitrary grounds; dozens of
journalists, including foreigners, have been convicted in sentences that are incompatible
with the rule of law; the most basic democratic rights have been disregarded. Unfortunately,
relentless exclusionary and undemocratic practices still persist in Egypt.
It is not
possible to consider reactions to such practices which trample human dignity,
the will of the Egyptian people and its sovereignty as “interference in
internal affairs”. The principle of noninterference in internal affairs cannot
be used as a means to legitimize human rights abuses, arbitrariness and tyranny
against Egyptian people. When it comes to human rights and constitutional
legitimacy, Turkey, as other responsible members of the international community
has ethical, moral and legal responsibility for the provision of the most basic
rights of the brotherly people of Egypt. As long as undemocratic practices
devoid of political participation continue, the Egyptian administration’s expectations
from the international community to end criticism, would be nothing more than
calls for addressing the Egyptian people’s legitimate demands for democracy,
equality, freedom and prosperity will continue, unless tangible progress is achieved.
Turkey will not refrain from remaining actively seized of the matters such as
ending human right violations in Egypt and respect for the free will of the
brotherly people of Egypt.