Angela Merkel praises Nobel choice

2015-10-09 12:01
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Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel praises the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisian democracy activists and, through her spokesperson, brushes aside speculation that she herself had been a top contender for the prize.

Spokesperson Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin, "That's speculation that you were conducting, not us, so I don't need to say anything about it."

The choice of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was an "excellent" one, he says.

The United Nations also hailed the award to the Tunisian group, stating that civil society actors have a key role to play in fostering peace.

"I congratulate the quartet, we need civil society to help us move peace processes forward," says Ahmad Fawzi, spokesperson of the United Nations in Geneva.

"Tunisia is a brilliant example, one of the Arab countries that has done best since the uprisings in that part of the world," he says in a first UN reaction.

The government and people of Tunisia also deserve congratulations, he adds.

Read more on:    un  |  angela merkel  |  tunisia  |  germany  |  norway  |  nobel peace prize
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