Kosachev: the awarding of the peace prize of the Tunisian NGO causes mixed feelings


MOSCOW, October 9. The Nobel peace prize to the group of intermediaries in the dialogue between the Tunisian government and the opposition invokes mixed feelings from the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

“To be honest, feeling ambivalent. It is difficult to assess directly the merits of the whole of this Quartet in the national settlement after the revolutionary events of 2011,” the Senator wrote on his page on the social network Facebook.

Kosachev confirmed that in Tunisia “and the truth is not what is happening in the neighborhood.” However, the MP noted that “the attitude to the “Jasmine revolution” today, 4 years later, and given the chain reaction it provoked, as all the consequences of the “Arab spring”, is unlikely to be as cheerful as it looks on the website of the Nobel Committee”. “We can say that “enemy number 1” of the world – ISIL (“Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant”- the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx.) – also in some degree a “product” of the revolution, to say nothing of the current winners,” said he.

On the other hand, according to Kosachev, the awarding of the peace prize of the Tunisian NGO “still not the worst option”, given that “recently the prize to be awarded such “peacekeepers”, as Barack Obama and the European Union”. “They could have some “moderate” Syrians and Poroshenko to give and was such an initiative. Then it would just have been according to Orwell: “war is peace”, – concluded the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council.

The Nobel peace prize for 2015 was awarded to the Tunisian national dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy” in Tunisia after the “Jasmine revolution” of 2011. The Quartet includes 4 non-governmental organizations – the Main Union of Tunisian workers (Union), the Tunisian Union of Industrialists, entrepreneurs and artisans (chamber of Commerce), the Tunisian League for human rights and the bar Association. The organization was formed in the summer of 2013 to resolve the acute political crisis in the country, aggravated by the killing on 6 February and 25 July 2013 in Tunis the capital opposition politicians, the case of Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi. One of the main outcomes of the work of the Quartet was the formation of a nonpartisan government of technocrats headed jomaa.