The European Union called Friday for a lasting democratic solution in Tunisia and appealed for calm after the ouster of veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
"We want to express our support and recognition to the Tunisian people and their democratic aspirations, which should be achieved in a peaceful way," EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton and enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele said in a statement.
"In this regard, we urge all parties to show restraint and remain calm in order to avoid further casualties and violence," the joint statement said.
"Dialogue is key. We reiterate our engagement with Tunisia and its people and our willingness to help find lasting democratic solutions to the ongoing crisis."