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EU Foreign Ministers encourage democracy in Egypt

BRUSSELS — Egypt needs to build a peaceful transition to democracy, European Union governments said Monday, urging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's government to end its violent crackdown on demonstrators and allow an open dialogue on the country's future.
The 27-nation bloc urged "the Egyptian authorities to embark on an orderly transition to a broad-based government with full respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms."
The statement issued after the monthly meeting of European foreign ministers said this should pave the way to "free and fair elections" — but it stopped short of calling for Mubarak to resign.
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