WASHINGTON - Unrest in Egypt could turn into "all-out bloodshed" in coming days if efforts to find a political solution fail, US Senator John McCain warned on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo.
"Oh my God, I didn't know it was this bad. These folks are just days or weeks away from all-out bloodshed," McCain said during an interview in Cairo with "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."
McCain and fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham met with Egypt's new rulers as reports said the country's military-installed government could soon announce that foreign efforts to mediate a peaceful end to the country's political crisis were collapsing.
An Egyptian army takeover of the country on July 3 has led to violent confrontations between military forces and backers of overthrown President Mohamed Mursi.
During the CBS News interview, McCain, who unsuccessfully ran for US president in 2008, said: "There is only one way to bring about a peaceful Egypt and that is the process of negotiation and reconciliation between the major players."
Nonetheless, he and Graham both acknowledged the difficulties ahead for Egypt.