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Government deplores violence in Cairo



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Minister’s Office: 02 6277 7500 or 0466 745 615 Department: 02 6261 1555

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

Government deplores violence in Cairo

The Australian Government deplores the violence which occurred today in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Attacks on peaceful demonstrators are unacceptable and must stop.

We call upon the Government of Egypt to take steps to ensure that its citizens are free to demonstrate safely.

The disturbing events in Tahrir Square underline the urgent need for a negotiated and peaceful solution to this political crisis.

The Egyptian people have made clear their aspirations for change.

Fundamental political reform is needed now.

[03/02/2011]