Egypt talks lacked credibility, opposition figure states

By Reuters
Sunday, February 6, 2011 17:40 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei slammed fledgling negotiations on Egypt’s future on Sunday and said he was not invited to the talks.

The Nobel Peace laureate said weekend talks with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman were managed by the same people who had ruled the country for 30 years and lack credibility. He said the negotiations were not a step toward the change protesters have demanded in 12 days of demonstrations calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

“The process is opaque. Nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage,” ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Suleiman met on Sunday with opposition groups including the officially banned Islamic Muslim Brotherhood. On Saturday, Suleiman, Egypt’s longtime intelligence chief, talked with independent and mainstream opposition figures to discuss options for a transition of power.

“It’s managed by Vice President Suleiman,” ElBaradei said. “It is all managed by the military and that is part of the problem.”

ElBaradei said he has not been part of the negotiations.

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  • Guest

    There is some merit in doing a Saddam on deposed leaders, its so their shadowy influence over the new government doesn’t hang around like the pall of the grim reaper.

  • P Matthews

    McLean, Virginia — These talks are all hoked up by the Obama Administration.

  • http://twitter.com/Balkingpoints Balkingpoints.com

    Leave it to RWNJ media like Fox & Limbaugh, to whip up fears of extremist Islam takeovers ala the Taliban.

    The Egypt uprising is hardly about that. Like the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Egyptians have seen the modern world with it’s freedoms and prosperity, and they want in. These rebellions are positive for global progress, not something to be afraid of.

  • Anonymous

    Western powers scrambling to make sure they have their influence in place for post Mubarak Egypt. Nothing will change, only some pathetic facade of Democracy, like a gang of confused Afghanis with purple dye all over their fingers. Israel and the US won’t let an independent country exist, guess that’s why the warships are already heading to the Mediterranean.

  • Anonymous

    This is reminiscent of the bipartisan bullshit that RS loves so much:

    “Democrat representative says that Republican blah blah blah”

    “Democrat Congresswhores denounces blah blah blah”

    “Democrat Senator decries blah blah blah”

    All bullshit from top to bottom. While the media feeds the Democrat the bullshit they love to hear and they mentally masturbate, the Republicans/reich wing fucks them from behind. The same is now beginning to happen in Egypt. The opposition says this, the opposition says that, the opposition blah blah blah. In the meantime, thousands on Tahrir Square starve, go without sleep, a shower or even a bathroom while the sons of bitches play games of words, eat good meals, drink good wine, take bubble baths and sleep in warm beds.

  • Anonymous

    egypt, take your cues from tunisia and get rid of the old guard/old regime and all these corrupt figures sooner rather than later or the country will be saddled with the same old same old….don’t fall for the tricks of the world hegemon and its henchmen like suleiman trying to manage and out maneuver the Street and the People’s revolution……get rid of mubarak and his VP and the entire ruling party just like in Tunisia (except for the one caretaker, PM Ghannouchi, they got rid of the old guard. take note and don’t be fooled by the US and its allies and their calls for ‘reform’ that’s just 1/4 of a loaf or less, and mostly same old same old

  • http://smugmug.com/other/anoceanapart Maheanuu

    If you were an Egyptian, would you be agreeable to have Washington setting up your “Democracy”? After all we have really done a bang up job in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not to mention our urinating in the Caribbean Bathtub and who could ever forget South America?
    Hawaii? Guam, Phillippines, Okinawa (for decades).

    Damn, I didn’t think so, I am very sure that the Egyptians who have had a society for millennia, probably know a hell of a lot more about running their culture and society than any elitist american who has the intelligence level of a 15 year old European.

    I believe that the Egyptians should tell America and Israel if they think that the present president and his cabinet are such stalwart members of society, then they should provide refuge
    for all of these scum sucking dogs…

    America scares the s**t out of me, too many snake handlers and talking in tongues. Too many loonies controlling the amount of common sense that is released these days.. Too much bending of the laws for the benefit of the very rich and using the very same laws to oppress the commons…. No, America Keep Out, this isn’t your dog, nor your fight.

  • Anonymous

    What a farce. I wonder who is directing this besides the Egyptian military…. the Rothschilds or the Rockefellers?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    And if the people of Egypt don’t accept the closed door deal between Mubarak, Hillary and the Muslim Brotherhood – NONE of whom represent the interests of the Egyptian people…

    Is that WHY we have an aircraft carrier staying in theater and a couple TROOP CARRIERS off the Egyptian coast??? Israel has already promised the torturous bastard of a vp any arms he needs as well.

  • Anonymous

    The last thing the U.S. needs is opening yet another war-front in the M.E., but that seems to be exactly what we are being led into by our deluded leaders. In Egypt, the people know very well that Mubarak and Co. are our clients and any attempt by the U.S. to manipulate the outcome in anything but a neutral manner, will only engender more hatred and resentment of the U.S. and European governments. If Obama thinks he’ll fool anyone by saying one thing while his administration (including military, State Dept., and CIA) does the opposite, he is – again – sadly mistaken.

    It’s time to own up to what we have been doing, accept responsibility, and set a new course – ensuring full participation by all factions at all points in the reform process. That would, contrary to their justifying fears, minimize the probability of extreme Islamists taking over. However, that does not appear to be happening and the blow-back from further attempts to stack the deck in “our favor” will likely create the chaos that will maximize the probability of the most organized seizing power regardless of their numbers or representative character.

  • Anonymous

    Really ElBaradai? You helped stir up a huge bunch of protesters and someone hijacked your movement? Welcome to the world. These are the things that can happen with mob-in-the-streets movements. It was predicted, as you know.

    The military seems to be the only entity that has any structure and authority, besides the Muslim Brotherhood. This was what the major groups felt and agreed to. So, now its up to them and for you to influence them.

    Angry mobs look impressive, but their usefulness is pretty much finished after they assemble. After that, anything can happen.

    Its coming down to a constant battle of free and fair elections, pretty much everywhere. That is where the fix will come in, I believe. Like over here.

    I would say that should be the next step in their activism.