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Tunisia takes part in Paris in Conference for victims of religious and ethnic violence in Middle East.

TUNIS, (TAP) - Foreign Affairs Minister Taieb Baccouche took part in work of the international high-level conference for victims of religious and ethnic violence in the Middle East organised, Tuesday in Paris.

The event brought together representatives from sixty countries as well as international and regional organisations and agencies (United Nations, European Union, International Red Cross Committee) and prominent personalities, particularly religious from the Middle East, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

The conference, held as part of a plenary session and three political, humanitarian and legal panels, discussed ways likely to preserve cultural and religious diversity in the Middle East and guarantee that the violations committed, notably, against religious and ethnic minorities do not go unpunished. An action charter concluded the conference works.

Speaking at the plenary session, Taieb Baccouche emphasised the need to analyse the deep causes of violence in the region to find adequate solutions. Recognising that young people are the main target of terrorism, he stressed the urgent need to protect them from the dangers of violent extremism, poverty and exclusion, through educational programmes and awareness to the culture of human rights and peace, added the release.

Taieb Baccouche called to preserve the rights of peoples to self-determination, underlining the need to reach a just and fair solution to the Palestinian issue which is one of the main causes of instability in the Middle East.

The Minister also took part in the political panel on the promotion of cultural diversity and political inclusiveness which helped exchange views on ways to preserve diversity through "inclusive" states respectful of the specific identity of minorities, the same source indicated.

The Minister said conflicts in the Middle East region are behind the rise and expansion of Daesh. He called to favour the political solution negotiated under the auspices of the Untied Nations rather than the military option to resolve these conflicts and bar the way to terrorism.

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Date:Sep 8, 2015
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