With the escalation of violence and terrorism taking place in Egypt against all state facilities and houses of worship as well as private property, including important assets of CEOSS in Minia that were totally destroyed, we have immediately communicated with all our partners and friends in the various countries of the world including members of governments, international institutions and churches, those who represent important figures of the international community, to clarify the truth of events; and called on them to convey the real picture to the media and governments in their countries. CEOSS has also emphasized the need to stand by the people of Egypt in these circumstances that they face by the militias and armed extremist groups who roam the country destroying private and public with the aim of causing chaos, which is the first incident of its kind in the history of modern Egypt. It also stressed that what happened on June 30, is a correction of the path to Revolution and not a military coup as alleged by some, and the evidence is the appointment of the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as an interim president of the country according to the constitution, the formation of a civil government as well as starting the procedures for amending the Constitution in a clearly communicated road map.
This was stated by Dr. Rev. Andrea Zaki, CEOSS General Director, who explained that CEOSS is one of Egyptian civil society organizations interested in public affairs, working in many cultural and development areas for over sixty years, providing its services to all Egyptians regardless of religion, sex or belief. Since the revolution of January 25, 2011, CEOSS had a firm and clear situation supporting the revolution, which called for livelihood, freedom and human dignity. CEOSS tried, through its Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, to involve all segments and movements of the Egyptian society in dialogue to develop a vision of a better future for the nation based on inclusion in rebuilding the state institutions. However, the course of events did not move in the desired direction of the citizens. With the continued intransigence of the ruling party at that time, millions rushed to the streets on June 30, declaring their opposition to the continuation of this policy. CEOSS has called more than once by several means to renounce violence and begin a serious dialogue aimed for the good of the people. It has also announced its support to the road map advocated by millions as a solution to many of the problems at all levels. Besides, CEOSS continued to communicate with all its friends and partners inside and outside Egypt to stand by the Egyptian people in this critical stage praying for the peace and security of our beloved homeland.