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Press Statement
Sean McCormack
Washington, DC
April 14, 2006


Attack on Coptic Churches in Egypt

The United States extends its sympathies to the victims of the attacks today in Alexandria that killed at least one and injured several others.

We condemn these vicious attacks that seem timed to coincide with observance of the Palm Sunday weekend by Egypt's Coptic Christians. This act of violence against worshippers on a holy day for the Christian Coptic Community in Alexandria is unacceptable and must be condemned.

The United States urges the Coptic and Muslim communities of Alexandria to exercise tolerance and calm in the wake of these attacks. We call on the Government of Egypt to investigate these attacks and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. We also would ask the Egyptian Government to continue its efforts to defuse the situation, including providing effective security for all places of worship and calling upon people of all communities to refrain from further violence and incitement.

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