EU to 'urgently review' relations with Egypt, says killings cannot be justified
Bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi lie on the floor of the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The Interior Ministry authorized police to use deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions after Islamists torched government buildings, churches and police stations in retaliation against the crackdown on their encampments. (AP / Ahmed Gomaa)
Published Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:42AM EDT
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union says it will "urgently review" its relations with Egypt where more than 800 people have died in clashes between security forces and supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi.
The Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, said Sunday in a rare joint foreign policy statement that it's the responsibility of the army and the interim government to end the violence.
They say calls for democracy and fundamental rights "cannot be disregarded, much less washed away in blood," adding "the violence and the killings of these last days cannot be justified nor condoned."
EU foreign ministers are expected to hold an emergency meeting on Egypt this week. The bloc is a major source of aid and business for Egypt.