Sumario: 28 January 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement on Egypt:
"I have followed very closely and with profound concern the reports of increased violence, clashes and arrests during today's demonstrations in Egypt.
The continued use of force against demonstrators by police and state security forces is deeply troubling. In order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, and to avoid more casualties, I reiterate my call on all parties to exercise restraint and calm and I urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all peaceful demonstrators from detention.
I also reiterate my call upon the Egyptian authorities to urgently establish a constructive and peaceful way to respond to the legitimate aspirations of Egyptian citizens for democratic and socio-economic reforms.
I will discuss these developments with my colleagues in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday in Brussels."