Last updateDim, 25 Jan 2015 10am

Egypt: Ban condemns terrorist attacks in Cairo

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of terrorist attacks in Greater Cairo, Egypt, which reportedly killed at least six people and resulted in a large number of casualties on Friday. A UN statement on Saturday quoted Ban as saying 'no cause can justify such acts of terrorism', while condoling the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Egypt.

He also called for the perpetrators of what is being reported in the media as a series of deadly attacks to be brought to justice.

The Secretary-General encouraged Egyptians to rediscover common ground, saying: 'In my view, credible parliamentary and presidential elections in a free and open atmosphere are crucial steps ahead in the transition.'

He said the protection of human rights and the rights and participation of women, in particular, is an essential foundation for the future.

Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsy and the setting up of an interim government.

The action did not go down well with members and supporters of the Islamic Brotherhood, which sired President Morsy.

A new constitution was adopted in a referendum earlier this month.

Pana 26/01/2014