US, EU urge return to democracy in Egypt
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States and the European Union on Wednesday urged Egypt's battling political factions and dominant military to agree a path for a return to democratic rule.
Last month's overthrow of Egypt's elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi by the military embarrassed Western leaders already struggling to adapt their policies in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts.
Diplomatic attempts to broker a negotiated settlement in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, have made no headway and now the military risks provoking further violence by ordering its opponents off the streets.
Washington and Brussels sent envoys - US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and EU Special Representative Bernadino Leon - to Cairo to talk to the army-imposed interim government and to its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.