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France commends Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning Nobel Peace Prize

France commends Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning Nobel Peace Prize

Published on October 9, 2015

Meeting with the representatives of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Paris - October 16, 2015

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On Friday, October 16 at the Elysée Palace, President François Hollande received the representatives of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize: Hocine Abassi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail – UGTT), Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat – UTICA), Abdessatar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme – LTDH), and Fadhel Mahfoudh, President of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie).

President Hollande congratulated them on receiving this award, which recognizes their crucial contribution to the success of the democratic transition in Tunisia. This Nobel Prize is also a great tribute to the maturity of Tunisian society, as well as an incentive for all its leaders and representatives to continue the reforms in the same spirit of dialogue and responsibility.

As he did during their previous meeting, when he visited Tunis in February 2014, President Hollande sought the opinions of the representatives of the Quartet on the numerous challenges still facing Tunisia, especially on the economic and social front. He reaffirmed the full support of France, which will spare no effort to help Tunisia overcome these challenges.

Statement by Mr. François Hollande, President of the Republic

Paris - October 9, 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize which has just been awarded to the Tunisian [National Dialogue] Quartet recognizes the successful democratic transition in Tunisia. It’s also an encouragement to further support Tunisia in the ordeals it is going through, because they’re not over yet. We saw this with the terrorist acts of recent weeks and months.

This prize recalls every Arab spring, and Tunisia’s was – let’s acknowledge it – the only one to have had this result, with indisputable elections and democracy established at last.

France, too, must learn every lesson from it and maintain cooperation with Tunisia at the necessary level: at economic level, in terms of tourism and also in terms of defence. A few days ago, an agreement was reached with Tunisia to support the Tunisians’ defence forces.

Europe and the world must also not simply hand Tunisia a prize but attach importance to the assistance that must be granted to Tunisia. Symbolic moments and endorsements are always very important, but there’s also what we must do to enable Tunisia to go even further in the success of its transition.

This will be France’s position, and I’m happy today for all Tunisians, because I met these people, these organizations in the Quartet, before and after I became President. I know what this means, and I want to salute all those actively engaged, men and women – because many women got involved – who today have been given genuine recognition for what has been done in Tunisia.

At a time when other Arab countries are suffering because of wars and conflicts to bring down dictatorships, Tunisia can provide a fine example, including against terrorism. The Nobel Prize which Tunisia has been awarded also represents a battle against terrorism, which must be reaffirmed once more.

Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of foreign affairs and international development

Paris - October 9, 2015

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the four organizations that have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 for conducting national dialogue in Tunisia - the Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail - UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat - UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme - LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). Beyond that, my thoughts are with all Tunisians.

This Nobel Prize acknowledges the tireless efforts undertaken to promote democracy in Tunisia. It recognizes Tunisian civil society for its maturity and its understanding of the best interests of the country and the Tunisian people. It is a message of hope for the democratic aspirations being expressed in the Arab world and beyond. France will spare no effort in lending its support to Tunisia.

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