EU in extra-ordinary meeting on Egypt crisis

EU in extra-ordinary meeting on Egypt crisis

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Wed, 21/08/2013 - 03:56
AFP
On Wednesday, the European Union will hold a high level meeting in Brussels to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Egypt. Officials are reportedly seeking to send a message to end the conflict between clashing parties.
 
Hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy have been killed and at least 100 security officers died over the past week when security forces dispersed sit-ins in Cairo demanding the reinstatement of the toppled president.
 
The bloody developments prompted calls at the EU to review relations with Cairo.
 
AFP quoted European sources as saying that the session will be devoted to the Egyptian issue alone. It is scheduled to begin at 1 PM (Cairo local time) and end at 4 PM.
 
Top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton is expected to propose a set of options to conflicting parties in an effort to resolve the crisis. Some of the options include halting a part of EU financial assistance to Egypt, as well as reviewing common agreements in the field of defense and security.
 
According to AFP, diplomatic sources said the meeting is likely to end up with the imposition of sanctions similar to those applied to Iran and North Korea over their nuclear activities.
 
Edited translation from AFP