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Minister Flanagan Congratulates the Tunisian winners of 2015 Nobel Peace Prize


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Nobel Committee to award the 2015 Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet in recognition of the group’s decisive contribution to democracy-building in Tunisia following the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

Minister Flanagan congratulated the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, drawing particular attention to its work to encourage a peaceful dialogue between competing political forces in Tunisia, saying:

“Ireland has closely followed the ongoing efforts in Tunisia to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition following the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

“While extensive progress has been made to strengthen and consolidate Tunisia’s democratic transition, the country continues to face many more challenges, including the threat of extremism.

“The country has seen several horrific terrorist attacks this year and today’s recognition of the work of Peacemakers in Tunisia will have particular resonance here in Ireland given that the attacks in Sousse last June counted three Irish citizens among the victims. Such attacks serve to remind us all of the difficult and at times perilous journey facing the country and of how it is in all of our interests to support those who promote peace and democracy.

“I am therefore delighted at today’s decision by the Nobel Committee which recognises the hugely important role of the Quartet in building political consensus and paving the way for free and fair elections.”

Noting that the Quartet had brought together a number of key protagonists from Tunisia’s civil society at a crucial moment in Tunisia’s transition to democracy, the Minister added:

“The Quartet played a vital role in enabling Tunisia to establish a constitutional system of government at an extremely difficult moment in the country’s transition. Thanks in large part to its efforts, Tunisia now stands as a democratic model and beacon of hope for the wider region.

“I therefore very much hope that today’s announcement will serve to underpin the many efforts within the country to defend the ideals of the Jasmine Revolution and to build a democratic, secure and prosperous future for all Tunisians. I also take the opportunity to reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to support the Tunisian people on this democratic path.”

9 OCTOBER 2015

Note to Editors:

The National Dialogue Quartet has comprised four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). These organizations represent different sectors and values in Tunisian society: working life and welfare, principles of the rule of law and human rights. On this basis, the Quartet exercised its role as a mediator and driving force to advance peaceful democratic development in Tunisia with great moral authority. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is awarded to this Quartet, not to the four individual organizations as such.
(Source: Norwegian Nobel Committee)