John Kerry 'Strongly Condemns' Egypt Violence

Secretary of state warns that violence would impede transition to inclusive civilian government.
11:06 | 08/14/13

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This is a special report from NBC news. -- anti Hernandez in new York and this is an ABC news digital special report. The state of emergency have been cleared by the Egyptian military after a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters. In Cairo today at least 149 people have been killed across the country. Right now interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned in protest right now that we're gonna go to the State Department where secretary of state John Kerry is in the. -- let's listen. In the past week and every occasion perhaps even more than the past week. We and others have urged the government to respect the rights of free assembly and a free expression and we have also urge all parties. To resolve this impasse peacefully and underscored that demonstrators. Should avoid violence and incitement. Today's events are deplorable. And they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace. Inclusion and genuine democracy. Egyptians inside and outside the government needs taken a step back. They need to calm the situation. And avoid further loss of life. We also strongly oppose a return to a state of emergency law. And we call on the government to respect basic human rights including freedom. Of peaceful assembly and due process under the law. And we believe that the state of emergency should end as soon as possible. Violence. Is simply not a solution in Egypt or anywhere else. Violence will not create a road map for Egypt's future. Violence only impedes the transition to an inclusive civilian government. -- government chosen in free and fair elections. That governs democratically consistent. With the goals of the Egyptian revolution. And violence and continued political polarization. Will only further terror the Egyptian economy apart. And prevent it from growing providing the jobs in the future that the people of Egypt wants so badly. The United States strongly supports the Egyptian people's. Hope for a prompt and sustainable transition. To an inclusive tolerant civilian led democracy. Deputy secretary of state burns. Together with our EU colleagues. Provided constructed by the years left them on the table during our talks in Cairo last week. Remind many phone calls with many egyptians. I believe they know full well what a constructive process would look like. The interim government in the military. Which together possess the preponderance of power in this confrontation. Have a unique responsibility to prevent further violence and to offer constructive options for Hinckley exclusive. Peaceful process across the entire political spectrum. This includes amending the constitution. Holding parliamentary and presidential elections. Which the interim government itself has called for. All of the other parties all of the opposition all of civil society. All parties also share -- responsibility. To avoid violence. And to participate in a productive path towards a political solution. There will not be a solution. From further polarization. There can only be a political solution by bringing people together with the political solution. So this is a pivotal moment for all egyptians. The path towards violence leads only to greater instability. Economic disaster and suffering. The only sustainable path for either side. Is one towards a political solution. I am convinced from my conversations today -- a number of foreign ministers including the foreign minister of Egypt. I am convinced that that -- is in fact still open. And it is possible though it has been made much much harder much more complicated by the events of today. The promise of the 2011 revolution. Has simply never been fully realized. And the final outcome of that revolution. Is not yet decided. It will be shaped. In the hours ahead in the days ahead. It will be shaped by the decisions which all of Egypt's political leaders make now that in these days ahead. The world is closely watching Egypt and is deeply concerned. About the events that we have witnessed today. The United States remains at the ready. To work with all of the parties and with our partners. And -- others around the world. In order to help achieve a peaceful democratic way forward. -- will be happy to answering questions it's. You're just listening to secretary of state John Kerry make a statement on this state of the crisis in Egypt. Which took a turn for the -- today in terms of violence with the military an interim government. Breaking down protest camps in -- we're gonna bring in ABC's Mary Bruce who is in Washington -- bring this all down. Mary yes -- -- surprise appearance by the secretary of state today. -- -- been expecting to come and make a statement is at the top of that the State Department briefing but obviously the administration the White House feels it's very important that they. Get out in front of this that they make their message heard loud and clear and I think we heard -- from secretary -- that the administration continues to condemn. This violence that they condemn this return said to a state of emergency law and but that they still believe there's time and that a political transition as possible back to a democratically elected government. They're certainly warning interim government that they need to step in and and can make that transition. Begins had to happen and and to begin that process immediately. That's certainly having the secretary of state personally deliver this message in a news conference is powerful in itself but. He's really repeating the same old message as it's a sign that the US hands -- Pretty much tied at this point. What ever certainly waiting to see how this all plays out but absolutely to a certain extent there's only so much the US can do they can come out and make statements and condemned as they can continue. To talk with their their counterparts in Egypt -- secretary Kerry we heard him mention all the meetings and conversations that they -- over the last few weeks. But I think right now we're in a bit of a wait and see -- absolutely. Right he talked about the curfew any -- -- they are now in this state of emergency. For emergency lies in the fact curfew started about an hour a half ago in Egypt. What is the goal here by the Egyptian military. That's to the governor declared a state of emergency in their imposing a curfew -- in Cairo and ten other provinces. And that's what I mentioned we heard we've heard both from the White House sounds. From the president's deputy Press Secretary and now from secretary Kerry himself condemning this return to a joint emergency state of law but you know that this is all an -- it today. Controls and of this violence that is now sweeping through throughout Egypt. The thing in our government continues to say that their goal is of course a political transition that's what they promised and that's what the White House and about administration wants to hold them accountable to them. Let's back track -- and talk about the actions that Atlanta the condemnation in addition to the the state of emergency we also had a situation where the military was going around and and violently breaking up. Camps protest camps of Muslim Brotherhood let me tell us about them. Actually well that seems to be what sparked a lot of this to begin with of course he's going into these camps or supporters of president -- who of course was. Ousted July 3 it's now been over a month his location is still unknown and these are his supporters -- protesting and then. We have the military coming and break up some of those protests we've heard varying degrees of numbers in terms of the death but this now is test marketing greater violence and now is sweeping through the region and that's why this state of emergency being declared. In partisan effort to attempt to. To quell that violence but of course there's a whole host of other things that comes along with that as well. And more troubling news -- less than an hour ago we got -- that interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei had resigned his post. He was someone who is considered. To be in the middle opened to all sides here what is -- -- his departure have on the legitimacy of this interim government. But -- interim vice president I stepped down out of protest. To this crackdown against against -- -- supporters he said that he doesn't want to be responsible for shedding any drop of blood but this obviously sends a clear signal that that there's. Clearly some. Disruption within the interim government and it and adds an additional challenge to where this goes from here. I'm so that's sort of the big question is how does -- his departure now affect. The political transition and whether or not the interim government able to fulfill their promise. To now move towards a democratically elected government. -- for anyone watching the growing unrest is certainly looks like. A military coup with the US government has been very careful not to name -- this action we heard earlier from directly from the Obama administration that. They weren't gonna make that determination of why do they not want to do that married. Labeling the situation until what halt all US aid to Egypt and that's kind of the administration is not prepared to do at this point so last month after after the legal review and meeting with all of their lawyers claim the administration and the White House -- -- -- they don't have to make that declaration that legally they don't need to label whether or not this was -- who are not. Which means that the US can continue to provide financial aid to Egypt -- The White House and the administration provide one point three billion dollars a year annually. Aid to Egypt and that it will now continue and we heard from the White House today say that they're not going to reevaluate that determination anytime soon. Need to find the love. -- trust right now between the US government and the Egyptian military specifically. Chief LCC we know that. The US says they -- in Constant Contact too with Egypt but how is that going in we we don't really know. -- extended their talks or the perhaps even if the US had a heads up about -- rousing of those camps earlier today. And that's really the big question -- that's the crux of this is how much we can the administration can you -- administration in the White House trust what's coming out. From the interim government how much states -- so having them they're going to be able to fill these promises. We heard certainly -- stern warnings from the White House today that they are going to hold them accountable if they promise that they would make this transition. They're going to hold them to -- but the -- and the million dollar question is really where this goes from here and and whether they can fulfill the promises that they've made. Right between -- -- in Washington thank you so much for joining -- Again we've heard from secretary of state John Kerry condemning. The actions in Egypt in the ongoing crisis that has been an ABC news digital special report and for the latest on the situation in -- -- Check out -- Hernandez and New York. This has been a special report from me.

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