EU 'very concerned' about failure of mediation attempts in Egypt

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 9:31 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union said on Wednesday it was very concerned about the reported failure of diplomatic efforts to end Egypt's political crisis and urged all sides to reach a peaceful solution.

"We are very concerned about the latest reports," Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, commenting on the Egyptian presidency's statement that international mediation efforts had ended.

"The EU is urging all political groups to find a peaceful solution to the current stalemate. We are present on the ground talking to all sides," he said, referring to EU envoy Bernardino Leon who is on a mediation mission to Egypt.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Foo Yun Chee)