Turkey voiced concern over protests in Egypt

08:40, February 01, 2011      

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Turkish government Spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek on Monday voiced concern over the protests in Egypt, calling on Egyptians to refrain from violence.

"Egypt has a key importance for peace and stability in the entire region. That's why we want peace and stability in the country immediately and we expect sides to refrain from violence," Cicek told a press conference after the Turkish cabinet meeting over the situation in Egypt and Tunisia.

Cicek said "these developments concern us more than anyone," noting Turkey has fraternal relations with both Tunisia and Egypt due to historical ties.

"We think the Egyptian people should be allowed to express their demands through democracy and non-violent ways and to use their fundamental rights and freedoms in line with laws," Cicek said.

He added Turkey hoped protestors could stay away from any acts that could destroy the country's cultural heritage and places of worship.

"We do not approve violence or looting," he said.

Egypt's mass anti-government protests continued into the seventh day Monday, with protestors demanding an end to the 30- year-old rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

Source: Xinhua

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