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Beji Caid Essebsi in Warsaw: One year after ignition of Revolution, nothing will be the same

Published the:  16/12/2011

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December 16, 2011 - TAP - At the invitation of European Commission Chairman José Manuel Barroso, caretaker Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi was the guest of honour at the Sixth European Development Days held December 15-16 in Warsaw on the theme "Democracy and Development."
In his address on "Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Lessons and Challenges of Next Stage," Mr. Caid Essebsi said that "presently, one year after the ignition of the Revolution, nothing will be the same. The Tunisian people have taken their destiny in their own hands and will henceforth have their say," he added.
Mr. Caid Essebsi pointed out that the Tunisian experience has all the ingredients for success, i.e., generalised education, emancipated women and a large middle class.
These ingredients, he went on specifying, will not be sufficient if Tunisia does not manage to solve the social-economic problems, with the assistance of its friends and partners.
He reassured the international community—governments, institutions, investors and civil society—on Tunisia's political and economic choices and its attachment to the international human rights system.
The five-year Economic and Social Development Plan presented to Tunisia's partners (G8 in Deauville and the European Union), Mr. Caid Essebsi recalled, is a strong reference framework to assist the current transition and prepare the hoped-for relaunch.
In addition, the Tunisia-EU Joint Task-Force Meeting organised at the end of last September in Tunis "helped better identify the priorities of our partnership and means to better adapt the EU's action to efficiently assist Tunisia at this important stage of its history," he continued.
"Today, the Tunisian people need to see that the commitments expressed on these various occasions be honoured as soon as possible, as part of concrete projects," he said.
History will judge, Mr. Caid Essebsi concluded, the European commitment to make democratic transitions on the southern Mediterranean shore succeed, "not through the amounts of money that Europe will grant to the new democracies, but through the solidarity that it will show at all levels."