9 November 2011

Egypt: Clinton - SCAF Is the Establishment of Stability in State

US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has described the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) as the establishment of stability and continuity in Egypt in spite of what she treat as the slow pace of democratic reform and the continuation of the state of emergency that characterized the era of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Addressing the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, Clinton said a real transfer of power is needed, pointing out that if political power remains in the hands of unelected officials they would plant seeds for future unrest and Egyptians would lose a historic opportunity.

Clinton made it clear that the United States will continue to support the Arab Spring revolutions in spite of the "ambiguity" that shrouds the ongoing transitional steps.

Secretary Clinton said "these revolutions are not ours, we did not stage them .. they were not either staged for or against us".

However, she affirmed that the United States has played a role in these revolutions and that Washington will work with the peoples of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya for transition to democracy.

Obama's Administration will work with the emerging Islamic parties of the Muslim world, said Clinton.

She also said that Washington will embrace the democratic changes in North Africa and the Middle East after the success of the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya that paved the way for the establishment of stable democracies in the region.

Clinton said that the United States admits today that the real choice is between reform and unrest, pointing out that she is aware of the Arab peoples' skepticism vis-à-vis the United States.

Over years despotic leaders used to tell their peoples that they should accept their rule in order to avoid a rule of fundamentalists .. we often accepted such a logic, said Clinton.

Clinton said that Islamists are not all the same and Islamic and secular parties should denounce violence and abide by the rule of the law and respect of freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the rights of women and minorities.

She described the suggestion that Muslims can not thrive in a democracy as "insulting and wrong".

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