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Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize laureate urges international community for economic assistance

  • CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF  BOUCHAMOUI The winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided  Bouchamaoui, sit, during a press conference,  at the Norwegian Nobel Institute  in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. (Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix via AP)

    CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF BOUCHAMOUI The winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, sit, during a press conference, at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. (Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF  BOUCHAMOUI Olav Njolstad the secretary of the committee and director of the Nobel Institute, left, sits with the winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from second left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided  Bouchamaoui, during a press conference,  at the Norwegian Nobel Institute  in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. Chairperson of Norwegian Nobel Prize committee Kaci Kullmann-Five sits at right. (Vegard Wivestad Grott/NTB scanpix via AP)

    CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF BOUCHAMOUI Olav Njolstad the secretary of the committee and director of the Nobel Institute, left, sits with the winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from second left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, during a press conference, at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. Chairperson of Norwegian Nobel Prize committee Kaci Kullmann-Five sits at right. (Vegard Wivestad Grott/NTB scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF  BOUCHAMOUI The winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided  Bouchamaoui, sit, during a press conference,  at the Norwegian Nobel Institute  in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. (Vegard Wivestad Grott/NTB scanpix via AP)

    CORRECTS FIRS NAME OF BOUCHAMOUI The winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, from left, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abbassi, the President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessatar Ben Moussa and the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, sit, during a press conference, at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, ahead of the ceremony to present them with their award. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. (Vegard Wivestad Grott/NTB scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Tunisian trade union leader Wided Bouchamaoui, one of this year's Nobel Peace laureates, has urged the international community to help her country succeed in its economic transition and find ways of halting violence.

"We now must find a way to say no to terrorists, no to arms, no to wars," Bouchamaoui said Wednesday in Oslo, a day before she was due to be handed the prestigious award. "We have succeeded on a political transition. We now need to succeed in economic transition."

Houcine Abassi, secretary general of the UGTT union, another member of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize quartet, said it was important that they identify the roots of extremism.

"It is the task of the government to give a military answer to terrorism and to establish organizations that can give a diagnosis of the problem," Abassi said through an interpreter. "We will stand ready to help other organizations in such work."

The award was "an international recognition," said Bouchamaoui, whose country is still troubled by poverty and violence despite the revolution in 2011.

Tourism, which is vital for Tunisia's economy, has seriously suffered since two attacks killed scores of tourists, causing the number of foreign visitors to plummet. Economic growth has been flat or negative with unemployment at more than 15 percent and inflation of about 6 percent.

The Nobel Peace Prize winners — the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet — were cited by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for making a "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia" after the Jasmine Revolution.

The laureates were speaking to reporters in the Norwegian capital where they will be presented their awards on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. The Nobel Prizes in literature, medicine, chemistry, physics and economics will be handed out on the same day in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.