The European Union intends to update its strategy and assistance for Tunisia to reflect the aspirations of the Tunisian people, said a statement issued by the EU foreign ministers here Monday.
The ministers discussed the situation in Tunisia during their meeting today and said they want to bring the talks on “advanced status” to a conclusion with the government that emerges from the forthcoming democratic elections.
The EU Foreign Ministers Council paid “tribute to the courage and determination of the Tunisian people and their peaceful struggle to assert their rights and democratic aspirations.” It reaffirmed “its total solidarity and its support for Tunisia and Tunisians in their efforts to put in place a stable democracy, the rule of law and democratic pluralism with full regard for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The EU welcomed the decision to hold democratic, free and transparent presidential and legislative elections as soon as possible and said it is ready to give legal, technical and material assistance in preparing and organising the electoral process.
In consultation with the Tunisian authorities, the Council has adopted sanctions against individuals responsible for misappropriation of state funds.
The names of the persons on the EU sanction list will be issued after it is completed in the coming days.