2012 Wroclaw Global Forum Freedom Awards
vendredi 1er juin 2012
HEDI BEN ABBES – Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Americas and Asia – :
Thank you all.
Mr. President, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the president of Tunisia, His Excellency President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, and on behalf of the Tunisian people, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this distinguished award granted to the president and to the people at this very special period of our history. I also feel very grateful to the efforts made in order to be recognition to the Tunisian people for the efforts they have made, for the achievements they also have made in order to gain their freedom. And they did pay a dear price for that. Now it is up to the representatives of this great and courageous people to write a constitution. And in that constitution, we wish them to write and to engrave with golden letters the word “freedom,” which is a central word in our lives. Please – (applause) – please be assured that today in Tunisia, democracy is a one-way road. There will be no returning back. Freedom once, freedom twice, freedom thrice will breathe you when we wake up in the morning. We will embrace you all day long. We will feel your warmth when we go to sleep. And whatever may happen, we will always cherish you.