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AU: Morsi should be part of peace process
August 1, 2013, 9:58 am

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Ousted President Mohamed Morsi says he feels “unfairness” [Getty Images]

An African Union (AU) delegation has met with Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and have urged him to participate in the peace process.

“We met the deposed president Tuesday night and he told us that he was ousted from power and that he feels unfairness,” said former Botswanan President Fetus Mogae.

“We told Morsi that he should take part in achieving peace and preventing violence and that we support opening dialogue with all sides to reach a peaceful solution for the current situation,” he added.

However, Egypt’s interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has stated that the former president cannot be part of future negotiations.

The delegation, dubbed the African Wise Panel, is headed by former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare.

“The establishment of the panel and its current visit to Cairo are part of the AU’s efforts to assist Egypt in addressing the challenges confronting the country and ensuring that the legitimate aspirations of its people are fulfilled” said an official AU statement on Wednesday.

“In so doing, the AU is acting on the basis of its relevant instruments and in the spirit of African solidarity, as Egypt’s challenges are also Africa’s challenges,” added the statement.

The visiting African group has met with Egypt’s interim President Adli Mansour, Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and Tamarod (Revolution) representatives.

They are also scheduled to meet members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

More than 150 people have been killed in violence in Egypt since the country’s army overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government on July 3.

The African Union, earlier in July, suspended Egypt from all union activities for disruption of “constitutional order”.

The AU has asserted that the suspension was not a “punitive” measure, but a measure to help the AU’s legation acquire information and open dialogue.

The panel will report its findings to AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when they return.

Source: Agencies

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