Tunis/Tunisia — "The United States is closely monitoring developments in Tunisia," US Department of State Spokeswoman Ned Price said on Monday.
"We have been in contact with Tunisian government officials to stress that solutions to Tunisia's political and economic troubles should be based on the Tunisian constitution and the principles of democracy, human rights, and freedom," he added.
"We have been clear in urging all parties to avoid taking any actions that could stifle democratic discourse or lead to violence," Price pointed out.
He said: "We are particularly troubled by reports that media offices have been closed and urge scrupulous respect for freedom of expression and other civil rights."
"Tunisia must not squander its democratic gains," the official indicated, affirming that "The United States will continue to stand on the side of Tunisia's democracy."