Address by Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic:

Type: News   Reference: 90195   Duration: 00:06:09  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 06/02/2013   First transmission: 06/02/2013
- extracts from the formal sitting Background: Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic, addressed the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg with a very moving speech, several minutes of applause followed. Both Presidents reacted on the assasination of Chokri Belaïd, Leader of the Popular Front in Tunisa and close friend of the Tunisian President. After the speeches the European Parliament held a minute of silence for Chokri Balaïd and for all the other victims. (those fighting for freedom in Tunisia, and also those of the II World War, as Moncef MARZOUKI honoured his life path to Marc Klein, his Professor from Strasbourg)

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Mr President, thank you for coming to our House, at the same time your country is mourning Chokri Belaïd, the leader of the Popular Front who was murdered this morning in the most brutal fashion and we condemn the attack in the strongest terms. (Applause, 1 shot) We know that the Tunisian authorities will do everything necessary to bring those responsible to justice. A crime of this kind must not go unpunished. I like to express my condolences, our condolences to the family of Mr Belaïd and the Tunisian people. We are standing at your side in those difficult moments and I do appeal to all citizens' of Tunisia to stand up and to insist on their democracy." 00:01:11
00:01:21 SOUNDBITE (French): Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic: "Between 1996 and 2001 the Tunisian dictatorship had forbidden me from leaving Tunisia, the European Parliament responded to that with this document 'The passport to Freedom' that was handed to my younger daughter in this place in 2000. This symbolic passport was sponsored by Hélène Flautre, Jean-Pierre Thierry, Michel Rocard, Astrid Thors, Gianfranco dell'Alba, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Daniel Ducarme, José Manuel de Luce, Alain Lipietz, Faudé Sila, Boumediene-Thiery, Cecilia Malmström, Marie Arlette Carlotti, Francoise Grossetête et Francois Zimmeray. Please allow me to express to them my great gratitude and above and beyond my own case and those particular people, the gratitude to all Tunisian Arabs and democrats that have always found in this House which represents' the people of Europe unequivocal support." 00:01:08
00:02:29 SOUNDBITE (French): Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic: "There is nothing to fear from these Arabs revolutions; first and foremost they are social revolutions, fighting for same social and economic rights that lay behind your evolutions revolutions. There is nothing to fear from these revolutions because they are democratic revolutions." 00:00:19
00:02:48 SOUNDBITE (French): Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic: "As for the outcome of these revolutions (all Arab revolution), everything is at stake the game is far from over. I would like to speak about Tunisia, which I know the best, we are very proud to have managed this revolution with the fewest Human loss, I think here with a lot of emotion about the Syrian people who suffer, who pay their liberty at the highest possible price and they need more then ever Humanitarian and political support by all free people and in particular from Europe." 00:00:32
00:03:20 SOUNDBITE (French): Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic: "We are absolutely determined to fight for and promote all the liberties and our women rights, but we cannot change the attitudes and behaviours of the last 50 years in time of 2 years. We are determined to protect the model of life of the Tunisian people, this modern Tunisia and to raise the level of life for the poorer and forgotten regions of Tunisia, but the social economic challenges are huge due to this long dictatorship which has left this heavy heritage. We still want to embrace moderate Islamism in the political system; we are convinced of the importance because the political landscape is moving and we are determined to ensure democratic structures and we are working on a better social- economical and cultural integration. We will never allow that extremists deteriorate our modern society model, women's rights, the rule of law, a society respecting Human Rights. We want to obtain a partnership that is beneficial to both our communities." 00:01:23
00:04:43 SOUNDBITE (French): Moncef MARZOUKI, President of the Tunisian Republic: "Violence comments have been orchestrates, there are attempts to turn Muslims against each other and today there is being this hateful political assassination of the political leader, Chokri Belaïd, with whom I was very familiar with, a long standing friend. Chokri Belaïd was murdered this very day, knowing that I was going to be speaking to you today. This is a threat; this is a letter being sent to us, that we will refuse to open. We reject that message and will continue to unmask the enemies (-applause) and we are going to stick to our political course." 00:00:44
00:05:27 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "At the end of this formal sitting we should hold a minute of silence in memory of those who have lost their lives." 00:00:17
00:05:44 Minute of silence; (7 shots) 00:00:25
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