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Clinton warns of "perfect storm"

Clinton warns of "perfect storm"
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Hillary Clinton has warned the Middle East is facing a “perfect storm” of unrest and is urging its nations to embrace democracy.

The last few weeks have seen Tunisia’s President flee the country, Egypt gripped by protests and demonstrations in Jordan and Yemen.

“The status quo is simply not sustainable,” Clinton said, “so for all our friends in the region including governments and people, the challenge is to help our partners take systematic steps to usher in a better future where peoples’ voices are heard, their rights respected and their aspirations met.”

The Middle East Quartet is meeting on the fringes of a global security conference in the southern German city of Munich.

“Any changes must be mapped,” warned Angela Merkel, adding that the EU should mould a new partnership to map that change. We are neighbours around the Mediterranean,” she said, adding that the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is planning a visit.

Evoking memories of the run-up to German reunification in 1989, Merkel also urged those hungry for change in Egypt to be patient.

The EU and the US have called for a swift but orderly transition of power.