United Nations willing to act as mediator to solve Thai political conflict

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BANGKOK, 12 January 2014 The United Nations (UN) has expressed its willingness to act as a mediator to help settle differences between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra-led government and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had spoken with both PM Yingluck and Opposition Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiv in a bid to help both sides settle differences in a peaceful way.

He said he was very concerned about the situation as it could escalate anytime in the near future, especially on January 13th, when the PDRC plans to stage a mass rally throughout the capital in hopes of immobilizing it.

Mr. Ban also urged all sides to exercise restraints and refrain from using force against one another.

The PDRC protesters announced their attempt to paralyze Bangkok on January 13th and would not stop until PM Yingluck stepped down from her post.