Egypt's Brotherhood: Envoys pressing movement to "swallow reality"

August 5, 2013 17:53

CAIRO - International envoys trying to end Egypt's political crisis are urging the Muslim Brotherhood to "swallow the reality" that Mohamed Morsi's time as president is over but the group is refusing, the Brotherhood's spokesman said on Monday.

Speaking about talks with the envoys in recent days, Gehad El-Haddad said the Brotherhood faced pressure to "accept that the military coup has happened and try to recover with minimum damage," referring to Morsi's July 3 removal by the army following mass protests against his rule.

"We refuse to do so," Haddad said, adding there was no agreement on how to start talks.

Diplomats from the United States, European Union, United Arab Emirates and Qatar are all in Cairo in a bid to mediate an end to the crisis set off by Morsi's overthrow.

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