Germany urges all parties in Egypt to refrain from violence

A supporter of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi holds a poster of him (centre) while waiting with others as prayers are performed, during their sit-in outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque, east of Cairo on July 11, 2013. Germany's Foreign Ministry
A supporter of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi holds a poster of him (centre) while waiting with others as prayers are performed, during their sit-in outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque, east of Cairo on July 11, 2013. Germany's Foreign Ministry on Friday, July 12, 2013, urged all political parties in Egypt to refrain from violence or threats of violence, and called on Egyptian authorities to allow an international organisation access to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany's Foreign Ministry on Friday urged all political parties in Egypt to refrain from violence or threats of violence, and called on Egyptian authorities to allow an international organisation access to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

"All forms of political persecution would be extremely damaging for the future of Egypt. We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Mursi, and we also urge all political powers, in particular the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, to refrain from all forms of violence or threat of violence," a ministry spokesman said.

He said Germany wanted a trustworthy, neutral international organisation to be allowed access to Mursi, who officials say is being held at a Republican Guard compound in Cairo. Mursi's supporters have called for protests on Friday.