PM Douglas calls for a democratic solution to crisis in Egypt

ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 1ST 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is hoping for a democratic solution to the crisis in Egypt to prevent further strain on the already challenged world economy.

“It has not been easy for the people of Egypt, and so we must all hope for a swift, just, and democratic solution to this crisis. Both for the people of Egypt and for the rest of us, because continued tumult in Egypt, which controls the strategically important Suez Canal, will further strain an already challenged global economy,” said Dr. Douglas during his weekly radio call in programme “Ask the Prime Minister.”

He said that the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis “however cannot simply be observers and assessors to what is happening in the Middle East.”

“On the flip side, however, it is also true that a just, democratic, and stability-producing resolution will be good for the green shoots of recovery that the global community had begun to see. This, then, is what we must pray for,” said Dr. Douglas, who said residents of the twin-island Federation have to be aware of global developments.

He said many have been looking on in horror, over the past week, at the coverage of the crisis in Egypt “shocked and saddened at the stresses and strains under which the people of Egypt – proud citizens of a fascinating nation….. the Cradle of Civilization – have been forced to live for decades now: Thirty years – under a state of emergency! Thirty years – under martial law! From 1981 until today! Unthinkable.”

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