Kerry says Egypt is at 'pivotal moment' in history

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt is at "a pivotal moment" more than two years since the uprising ousted the longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Kerry says the "final verdict" of the revolution that brought Mohammed Morsi to power as Egypt's first democratically elected leader before the military recently toppled him "will be forever impacted by what happens right now."

Kerry says Egyptian officials "have a moral and legal obligation" to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. He says the continued violence sets back efforts of "reconciliation and democratization," and affects regional stability.

Egypt's health ministry says security forces fought with Morsi's supporters Saturday and at least 65 protesters were killed.

Kerry says the U.S. is urging "an independent and impartial inquiry" and says political leaders must help their country "take a step back from the brink."

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