Egypt overshadows Mideast Quartet talks


Egypt loomed large over talks of the Middle East Quartet in Germany on Saturday, with fears that a change of regime in Cairo could throw into turmoil an already deeply troubled peace process.

“One of our big partners did not want the Quartet to meet at this stage, saying maybe it’s not the moment to be discussing the peace process when the whole region is undergoing dramatic changes,” a European diplomat said.

“And our analysis is just the opposite.” The meeting on Saturday afternoon in Munich brings together US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN head Ban Ki-moon.

Clinton on Saturday acknowledged that there was a risk of an authoritarian regime coming to power. “Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy, only to see the political process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception, and rigged elections,” Clinton said in Munich.

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