Tunisia is the winner of the noble peace prize for 2015-2016
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15 December 2015 Opening Remarks during the celebration of the 2015 Nobel Peace prize awarded to the Quartet of Tunisia

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Reception on the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
(New Delhi, 15 December 2015)

Opening Remarks
by H.E. Mr. Tarek Azouz,
Ambassador of Tunisia to India
Ms. Nejma Heptulla,
Hon’ble Minister of Minority Affairs
Mr. Anil Wadhwa,
Secretary East, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Excellencies and dear friends
Ladies and gentlemen
I would like at the outset to express my appreciation to you for sharing with us these joyful moments.
As you all know, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded, few days ago, the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2015. This Quartet is made up of 4 civil society institutions namely the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (ONAT) and the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH).
These institutions played a crucial role in steering the country safely to a peaceful transition that allowed the adoption of a new Constitution in January 2014 and the holding of free and fair elections in October-December 2014, and this in spite of attempts by enemies of Democracy to derail this process.
It was through peaceful inclusive dialogue and consensus that all issues were debated and sailed through difficulties and differences to safely reach the shores of nascent Democracy.
Unfortunately, enemies of Democracy and extremist forces are still trying to test our resolve through terror acts which are now spreading all over the world. But I’m confident that they will be defeated provided that the international community acts and shows genuine resolve to this end. 
Tunisia needs at this important juncture of its history the political and economic support of its friends to put the economy back on track and to protect the successful Tunisian model, which remains a work in progress.
In Conclusion, I wish to reiterate my deepest thanks for you all for sharing these moments of joy and pride which will hopefully continue throughout the coming year as we decided in Tunisia to dedicate the year 2015-2016 to The Nobel Peace prize and celebrate Tunisia’s commitment to Consensus and Peace.
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