Statement from Egyptian Army
The Egyptian Army has issued a statement which is published on the Egypt State Information Service and should be read in the context of mainstream news on the current violence in the country.
The statement is as follows along with a press release on the same site which attributes comments to General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi:
“Egypt is a priceless homeland — Army
Monday, 19 August 2013
The Third Field Army in Suez said that it is evidently clear that those carrying weapons are naive youth manipulated by the so-called Muslim Brotherhood that wreaks havoc with the peaceful Egyptian people.
The Army further stressed that Egypt is for both Muslims and Christians who are both aware that the stray Brotherhood when setting ablaze churches or mosques are but igniting the fire of sedition among Egyptians. Such groups are never loyal but to themselves at the expense of religion and homeland.
In a statement, the Army urged all national forces and people of Suez to be cautious and fully aware of the schemes, under the cloak of Islam; the religion of tolerance and civilization, to destroy and terrorize.
The Army asserted to the people of Suez that Armed Forces will never shed Egyptian blood. The Army is able to conquer whoever is tempted to break the unity of the homeland and transgress on its sanctity, it added.”
Here is the Sisi statement:
“Sisi: Egyptian people have free will to choose their ruler
Sunday, 18 August 2013
The Egyptian people have the free will to choose who rules them and the Armed Forces and police will always remain the guardians of the peoples will, said Deputy Prime Minister and Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi
During a meeting with Central Military Zone men on Sunday, Sisi said the army and police are loyal to Egypt and have warned that the political conflict will drag Egypt to a dark tunnel and transform into a religion-based fighting and struggle.
The measures adopted by the army and police were transparent and credible, Sisi said in the meeting that was attended by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and a number of police leaders.
Colonel General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi praised the honourable role of the Armed Forces and civil police in securing the internal front and facing security challenges firmly.
Speaking about claims that the army took over power, he said the honor of protecting the people’s will was bigger than that of ruling Egypt.
He said his call to the people to take to the streets to mandate the Armed Forces to deal with terrorism was a message to the world and foreign media, which ignored the people’s will to make real change, and a message to others to alter their beliefs and respond to the people’s will.
Sisi also talked about the lost chances by the former regime during the past year to rectify the political path and achieve understanding among the regime, political powers and public opinion.
He said several proposals were dismissed by the former regimes intransigence and arrogance to get the country out of the crisis.
The army gave every side large opportunities to end the crisis peacefully and invited former regime members to participate in the rectification of the democratic track and engage in the political process under the set roadmap instead of destroying the Egyptian state, he said.”