List News    News

UFM Secretary-General: Democratic transition in Tunisia regional and Mediterranean model unique in its kind

Published the:  26/07/2011

| Share

July 26, 2011 - TAP - Secretary-General of the Union For the Mediterranean (UFM) Youssef Lamrani called for enhancing solidarity with Southern Mediterranean countries, in general, and Tunisia, in particular, as a strategic and important country for building a strong UFM that meets the expectations of peoples of the region.
During a press briefing at the end of his meeting Tuesday with Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi, Mr. Youssef Lamrani also said that "Southern Mediterranean countries should move towards a more interdependent and optimistic partnership".
He specified, in this regard, that the UFM considers "democratic transition in Tunisia as a regional and Mediterranean model unique in its kind, especially that it is based on an approach adopting the participation of all stakeholders".
Mr. Lamrani said, in this regard, that the European Union (EU)'s partners, including the UFM, should follow the democratic change in Tunisia, especially since it takes place in a juncture in which the EU is seeking new communication methods with neighbour countries and Tunisia working to meet challenges in political and economic fields.
Additionally, he pointed up that Europe should adapt to changes in the Southern Mediterranean region, as it had done after the fall of the Berlin Wall, especially as it shares with Southern countries the same values of human rights and solidarity.
The UFM Secretary-General also emphasised that the new Tunisia has given the image of a symbol of solidarity by hosting thousands of refugees from Libya.
He said that the country benefits of close follow-up from UN authorities and international organisations which show major interest in establishing an active democracy and a developed economy in the country.
In this connection, Mr. Lamrani spoke about projects to be carried out in Southern Mediterranean countries to consolidate their social development.
He, in conclusion, expressed his optimism for the future of the Euro-Mediterranean entity which represents "a space suitable for the establishment of a strong partnership and regional alliances."
Earlier, the UFM Secretary-General had met with Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kefi.
He said that the meeting allowed him to reassert the UFM's support to Tunisia, especially since it is not "possible to achieve democracy without economic development."
Regarding illegal immigration, Mr. Lamrani pointed out that the UFM understands the constraints faced by Tunisia in this field, adding that the security approach to this issue is not the solution and that illegal immigration "requires a comprehensive approach above all, to ensure real and constant development opportunities."
The UFM, which has been operational since July 13, 2008, is a regional body bringing together countries of the European Union and the Mediterranean, in addition to Mauritania and Jordan.
Moroccan Youssef Lamrani took office as UFM Secretary-General last July 1, taking over from Jordanian Mohamed Massadeh.