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By Godfrey Olukya 3-7-2013

European union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton, has today criticized sexual abuse activities in the ongoing demonstrations in Egypt.

In a statement she issued today she said, “I am following the situation in Egypt very closely and with deep concern. I welcome the peaceful manner in which most demonstrations have been conducted thus far, but I find continuing cases of sexual abuse of female protesters deeply troubling. I urge all sides to show restraint and reiterate my call to respect the principle of peaceful protest and non-violence.”

Se added on that confrontation cannot be a solution. She said, ”The only solution to the present impasse can only be political on the basis of a substantial and inclusive dialogue as wished by the Egyptian people, and founded on democratic principles and respect for fundamental rights. I reiterate the EU’s steadfast commitment to stand by the Egyptian people in their endeavor toward democratic transition, and offer the EU’s support to assist all political forces in finding a peaceful solution.

I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the protests and hope that those injured will recover quickly.”

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