Aug 17 2013
The Government has said it is "deeply concerned" about the escalating crisis in Egypt and "deplores" the latest loss of life following clashes between the Egyptian army and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
Chaos continued to engulf the capital Cairo on Friday, leaving at least 82 people dead, including 10 policemen.
More than 700 people have died across the country in a week of violence between those loyal to Mr Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the security forces of the interim government.
The crisis has prompted widespread condemnation, and a demonstration against the massacre will be held later at the Egyptian embassy in London.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has discussed the situation with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and the Foreign Office (FCO) said in a statement: "The UK continues to call for an end to violence and for a return to peaceful dialogue. FCO ministers remain actively engaged in support of these objectives with their regional and international counterparts.
"We will continue to work closely with our EU and international partners over the coming days in our ongoing efforts to help the Egyptian people achieve peace and a return to democratic processes."
Earlier David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande called for an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers to discuss the deepening crisis. In a telephone call, the two leaders said the EU needed to consider steps it could take to persuade both sides to end the violence and enter dialogue.
"They agreed that the EU should be clear and united in its message: the violence must end immediately and there needs to be a political dialogue, involving all sides, that leads to genuine democracy," a No 10 spokesman said.
The Prime Minister and the president said they wanted a meeting of EU foreign ministers to be called for next week.
"They should consider what measures the EU can take to make clear that the violence and repression is unacceptable and to best encourage leaders from all sides to re-engage in dialogue and to chart a peaceful way forward for their country," the spokesman said.