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Repressive response will "end badly," Cameron warns Egypt

Arab World Materials 31 January 2011 16:59
Britain has warned Egypt against a "repressive response" to the protests and urged a "proper orderly transition" to democratic government, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.
Repressive response will "end badly," Cameron warns Egypt

Britain has warned Egypt against a "repressive response" to the protests and urged a "proper orderly transition" to democratic government, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.

Cameron said he had conveyed that message to Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak in a telephone call, following a telephone consultation with US President Barack Obama, DPA reported.

Obama and he had agreed it was "very important" that they should not tell Egypt what to do, Cameron said. However, he had made clear in his phone call that opting for repression would "end badly for Egypt, badly for the world. It is the wrong choice," Cameron said.

Meanwhile, former British prime minister Tony Blair said Mubarak needed to engage in a process of "managed change," which should be followed by free elections.

"People want change but they don't want chaos. There's going to be change - there's no doubt about that," Blair told the BBC.

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