Clinton Calls For A Peaceful Transition To Democracy In Egypt

The complex, very difficult"" situation in Egypt requires careful progress toward a peaceful transition to democracy, rather than any sudden or violent change that could undermine the aspirations of the Egyptian people, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday.

In separate interviews with five Sunday talk shows, Clinton made clear the United States believes that stability in the region is the top immediate priority. Otherwise, she warned, protesters seeking better opportunity and a stronger political voice might end up facing further repression from new leaders instead of the democratic reforms they seek.

""There's no easy answer,"" Clinton told CNN's ""State of the Union. ""And, clearly, increasing chaos or even violence in the streets, prison breaks, which we've had reports about -- that is not the way to go.

""We want to see this peaceful uprising on the part of the Egyptian people to demand their rights to be responded to in a very clear, unambiguous way by the government, and then a process of national dialogue that will lead to the changes that the Egyptian people seek and that they deserve,"" she said.

No Americans have been killed or injured so far in the unrest in Cairo, Egypt's capital, and other cities, Clinton said on NBC's ""Meet the Press."" She told ABC's ""This Week"" program that there was ""no discussion as of this time about cutting off any aid"" to Egypt, a possibility indicated last week by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

In the television interviews, Clinton praised the Egyptian military for a response she described as restrained so far.

""We know they have a delicate line to walk, because they want to protect peaceful protests, but they also don't want to see any city descend into chaos with looting and criminal activity,"" Clinton said on CNN. ""And we are encouraging a very -- a very careful approach that respects the rights of people.