An unofficial transcript of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's speech on Thursday, February 10, 2011
I have been, like you, a young man, and when I learned the military honor of Egypt and my allegiance to the homeland and sacrifice to the (homeland ?). I have spent most of my life in defense of its sovereignty, and I have seen a lot of wars, and I have seen a lot of failures and a lot of victories. (Inaudible) -- times, and I have lived during the happiest days of my life when I raised the Egyptian flag over -- (word inaudible). And I have confronted death in Addis Ababa and in many other locations -- (inaudible).
I have never succumbed to any international pressure or dictation. I have preserved my dignity and I have preserved the peace for Egypt, and I have worked hard for a renaissance, and I have never tried to have more authority. And I think that the majority of the people here know very well who is Mubarak. And I think it hurts my heart when I see and I hear from my own colleagues and my own -- (inaudible). But I know the junction that we are facing right now, but I am fully confident that Egypt will pass this difficult time. But we are also -- we have also to take the highest interest of Egypt and that Egypt should be -- (inaudible) -- should be the first priority over any other consideration.
I have delegated the vice president in -- delegated the vice president to carry out a lot of powers. And I'm very -- (inaudible) -- that Egypt will come out of this crisis and will not break its will and the the will of its people, and will rise on its feet again and stand up on its feet in all loyalty of its people, and will also get out of these difficult times.
We will prove -- we Egyptians will prove our ability and capacity to respond to all the demands, but through dialogues. And we will prove that we are not servants to anyone and will not be dictated by anyone, and that no will take the decisions for us, except for the -- (inaudible) -- and the demands of the people. We will prove that, and the determination -- Egyptian determination and in the coherence and duty of the people, and also in the reputation and the dignity and identity and the unique identity of Egypt, because this identity is the essence of our existence for over -- for more than 7,000 years.
This spirit will live in us as long as Egypt and the people of Egypt are still here. This spirit will live in us. It will live in every one of us, among the farmers and among the educated and cultured people. It will stay in the hearts of all the young people and the old people also, in the Copt and the Muslim, the consciences and the hearts of people who have not even been born yet.
I am telling you again that I have lived for this homeland and I am preserving its integrity. And Egypt will always remain -- the interests of Egypt will be above everyone else. It will keep on like that until I deliver this -- (inaudible) -- and the responsibility and the duties I have started the beginning and I will carry out until the end. This is the end, but I will be -- it will be my decision. I will not leave and will also be -- (inaudible) -- and we will be always dignified people until the very end, and we'll be -- we'll raise our heads. And we'll be always dignified.
May God preserve Egypt as a safe haven, and may its people find the right path. And may God, may peace be upon thee.