The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.
Statement by the Secretary-General on the situation in Egypt
I have just learned of President Mubarak’s decision to step down, and I
continue to monitor developments in Egypt. I respect what must have been a
difficult decision, taken in the wider interests of the Egyptian people.
At this historic moment, I reiterate my call, made as recently as last
night, for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the
legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people and includes free, fair and
credible elections leading to the early establishment of civilian rule. I
urge the interim authorities to chart a clear path forward with the
participation of all stakeholders.
In this process, it is vital that human rights and civil liberties are
fully respected, and that genuine and inclusive dialogue is assured. The
voice of the Egyptian people, particularly the youth, has been heard, and
it is for them to determine the future of their country.
I commend the people of Egypt for the peaceful andcourageous and orderly
manner in which they have exercised their legitimate rights. I call on all
parties to continue in the same spirit.
The United Nations stands ready to assist in the process.
11 February 2011