In an interview with the BBC News Channel, Sir Menzies Campbell said that the international community, led by the US, should work to bring an end to the violence in Egypt. He described yesterday’s events as barbaric.
He said that the US was best placed to use its leverage, based on its funding to the Egyptian army, to initiate the process towards a sustainable political settlement. While in the long term there were strong arguments for those funds to be reduced, doing so at the moment might do more harm than good as it would remove the ability to set conditions.
He also said that the removal of President Morsi from power had been a military coup and questioned the judgement that was made at the time which meant that it was not described as such by Britain and the US.
Egypt, he added, was of key strategic importance given its location and peace treaty with Israel so it was in all our interests for there to be an end to the violence and a stable long term solution. Without serious effort to bring that about, recent events show the potential for Egypt to completely break down.