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Feb032011

Senate Resolution Urges Peaceful Transition in Egypt

Photo Courtesy - Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Kerry, D-Mass., stepped forward on Thursday to introduce a resolution calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to begin a transfer of power to an interim government. The bipartisan nature of the resolution reflects the significance of the situation in Egypt.

The cooperation by the two senators, along with others, was notable considering the past between both men. In 2008, Kerry criticized McCain's decision-making history, saying that he would not be fit to gain the Republican nomination for president. During that run, one of McCain's advisers was Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. On Thursday, Graham tagged his name onto the resolution, along with Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“This is a resolution which expresses the deep concern of the United States Senate over the events that are taking place in Egypt at this time,” Kerry said.

“Senator Kerry's and my resolution urges the Egyptian military to demonstrate maximum professionalism and restraint and emphasizes the importance of working to peacefully restore calm and order, while allowing for free and nonviolent freedom of expression,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “We do not want the Egyptian military to encourage thugs. We do not want the Egyptian military to be a party to increased violence.”
 
Heavily criticized Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued similar sentiments in a global exclusive interview with ABC News correspondent Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. The embattled president said, "I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other."

"I don't care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt," Mubarak said.

He said he does not intend to run for re-election. However, he also stated his intentions to serve his term, which runs until September.

The continuing force behind the protests is an urge by Egyptian citizens for Mubarak to resign immediately, and the protests have gone on for over a week.

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