UN chief Ban 'concerned' by Thailand violence

Published December 3, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference in Lima, December 2, 2013. — Photo by Reuters
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference in Lima, December 2, 2013. — Photo by Reuters

LIMA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced concern about the violent clashes in Thailand and urged all sides in the unrest to broker a peaceful end to the crisis.

“I am concerned about the escalation of violence in Bangkok in recent days and express regret over the loss of lives and injuries,” Ban told reporters on the sidelines of a UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) conference in Lima.

Ban also expressed concern over attempts by demonstrators to “forcefully seize government buildings and media outlets.””I once more call for all sides to exercise utmost restraint and to resolve political differences through dialogue, through peaceful means,” Ban said.

“All parties need to observe full respect for democratic principles, the rule of law, and human rights, including freedom of expression.”Thailand has been gripped by the worst political violence in the country for three years, with demonstrators demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon against rock-throwing demonstrators as they strengthened their defence of key government buildings, after weekend unrest in the capital left several dead and more than a hundred wounded.

The protests, aimed at unseating the elected government and replacing it with a “people's council,” are the latest outbreak of civil strife to rock the kingdom since royalist generals ousted Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's brother, seven years ago.

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