An unofficial transcript of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's speech on Thursday, February 10, 2011
(Note: President Mubarak's remarks are provided through an interpreter.)
PRESIDENT MUBARAK: In the name of Almighty God, ladies and gentlemen, sons and youth of Egypt, I address this speech to the youth of Egypt in Tahrir Square and (Egypt's extended land ?). I want to relay my message from bottom of my heart, the message from a father, that I am proud of you -- (break in translation) -- who calls for a better life and who is committed for this change and who dreams about the future and make -- and making it.
I can tell you before anything else that the blood of your martyrs will not be wasted. And I can affirm to you that I will not be easy in punishing the people who have caused you injuries. And I will also hold accountable all the people -- all the people who committed crimes against you, and with the utmost punishment and penalties, and deterrent penalties.
And I can tell you, to all the family members of these -- of these innocent victims, that I have been pained for their sake, exactly like I have been pained. And has broken my heart also, and has broken your hearts. I can tell you that I will respond to your demands and to your voices, and this is a commitment that is -- that cannot be reversed. I am also committed and determined to carry out my promises in all seriousness and in all credibility. And I'm really very concerned to implement this without any hesitation, in a positive fashion.
And based on the -- of your own intentions that are just and legitimate -- (inaudible) -- mistakes take place in (any ?) system and in any state. What is more important is to recognize them, and to redress them as soon as possible, and to hold (accountable ?) the people who committed them.
And -- (inaudible) -- that I as the president -- (inaudible) -- I don't find -- (inaudible) -- I have to respond to requests. I am --(inaudible) -- and I will not (submit ?) to any -- to any foreign interventions or dictations, regardless of their sources and regardless of their excuses and -- (inaudible).
My dear sons and my dear citizens, I have -- I have told and -- (inaudible) -- I will not nominate myself for the next presidential elections.
(Note: In the following section the feed provided President Mubarak's remarks and the interpreter's at similar volume, thus obscuring parts of the English translation.)
(Inaudible) -- what (I/they ?) have done to the country and --(inaudible) -- for more than -- (inaudible) -- years, during the years of peace and war. (Inaudible) -- (I'm committed ?) -- (inaudible) -- committed -- (inaudible) -- in a similar way -- (inaudible) -- responsibility in the -- (inaudible) -- constitution and the --(inaudible) -- so that the powers (will be transferred ?) to whoever the electorate chooses in the -- (inaudible) -- through fair and --(inaudible) -- elections -- (inaudible) -- as (regarded ?) by --(inaudible) -- the promise that I took upon myself -- (inaudible) -- homeland, and I will keep this promise (until we ?) take the Egyptians through the (safe ?) -- (inaudible).
I have also presented my own vision -- (inaudible) -- achieve what the people have called -- (inaudible) -- for -- (inaudible) -- constitutions will not be undermined, and in a sense that will achieve stability and achieve the demands of the people, but at the same time will also lay out a framework for the -- (inaudible) -- transition of the -- of the powers among all the sectors in the society and in all credibility and in all transparency.
I have presented this vision, and I'm committed, in order to get (out of ?) this difficult time, and to keep up with -- by the hour also to -- for all the people who are concerned about the Egyptian people and the country, so that we can transform this into some type of reality in harmony and in consensus that will -- that will be implemented also by our armed forces. We have started a national dialogue, a constructive one, (in ?) -- that brought together all the young people who called for this change and all the other political forces. And this dialogue has resulted in some kind of harmony in some view -- in the views, and the -- (inaudible) -- put our feet on the right track in order to get out of this crisis and to go on with this dialogue, so that we can move on from the general guidelines of what -- an agreement to some kind of a road map that is very clear and within a very specific timetable.