US asks Egypt to restrain security forces, accept reform

The United States asked Egyptian government to restrain its security forces and reverse the communication blackout imposed by the authorities in the midst of swelling street protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

Washington: The United States on Friday asked
Egyptian government to restrain its security forces and
reverse the communication blackout imposed by the authorities
in the midst of swelling street protests against President
Hosni Mubarak.

Addressing the media here, Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton asked the Egyptian government to embrace
political, social and economic reforms saying "the protests
underscore that there are grievances within Egyptian society
and ....violence will not make these grievances go away".

As street demonstrations rocked Egypt`s capital despite
a curfew, Clinton urged calm on both sides and asked the Hosni
Mubarak government to implement immediately econonomic,
political and social reforms.

"We are deeply concerned about the violence used by
Egyptian police and security forces against the protesters. We
call on Egyptian government to use everything on its part to
restrain the security forces", she said and asked the
protesters to refrain from violence.

Clinton said the US has asked the Egyptian authorities
to allow peaceful protests and "to reverse the unprecedented
step they have taken to cut off communication".

"As President Barack Obama pointed out yesterday, feform
is absoultely critical to the well being of each other.

Egyptian government needs to address immediately with Egyptian
people in implementing needed economic, political and social
reforms, greater openness and participation to provide a
better future for all", she said.

The Secretary of State said people in Egypt as in the
Middle East "are seeking a chance to contribute and play a
role in decisions that shape their lives and leaders need to
respond to these aspirations".

She said the leaders should view the civil society "as
a partner and not a threat".

Clinton said that during her recent visit to the Middle
East heard from a wide range of civil society groups ideas
they have that will improve their country.

PTI