Tunisian Nobel Laureates Say Anti-Terror Fight 'Priority'




A photo taken on October 26, 2014 shows a Tunisian woman waving the national flag from a car as she shows her ink-stained finger after voting in the country's first post-revolution parliamentary election in Tunis. By Fadel Senna (AFP/File)



Oslo (AFP) - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, which on Thursday picked up its Nobel Peace Prize at a formal ceremony in Oslo, said the fight against terrorism was an "absolute priority".

"Today we are in a great need of dialogue between civilisations, and peaceful coexistence ... Today we need to make the fight against terrorism an absolute priority," said Houcine Abassi, the secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union, one of the four members of the Quartet.

Abassi also denounced the "barbaric and heinous terrorist acts" in recent months in Tunisia and around the world, citing attacks in Paris, Beirut, Sharm el-Sheikh and Bamako.

The head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, meanwhile said the international community needed to present a united response to the attacks.



"Because the threat is essentially the same to us all, we must stand together to combat it," she told the specially-invited guests, including Norway's King Harald, gathered under heavy security at Oslo's City Hall.

The Quartet is made up of the Human Rights League, General Labour Union (UGTT), the Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), and the Order of Lawyers.

It was honoured with the Nobel Prize for helping to save Tunisia's transition to democracy at a sensitive moment in 2013 when the process was in danger of collapsing because of widespread social unrest.

The group orchestrated a lengthy and thorny "national dialogue" between the Islamists of the Ennahda party and their opponents.


Source: AFP
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