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US discourages crackdown on Morsi supporters

Egypt’s generals risk jeopardizing ‘second chance’

CAIRO — In the clearest statement yet of the US position on the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, a senior US diplomat warned Monday that the generals would jeopardize Egypt’s “second chance” at a democratic transition if a crackdown on Morsi’s Islamist supporters continued.

“If representatives of some of the largest parties in Egypt are detained or excluded, how are dialogue and participation possible?” the diplomat, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, said, speaking briefly to journalists after a meeting Monday with Egyptian military officials and the interim government they have appointed.

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