British ambassador expresses concerns over rising political tension


BANGKOK, 29 November 2013 British Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent has expressed concerns over the impact of escalating political turmoil in Thailand. 

Mr Kent met with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Government House to discuss the growing wave of anti-government demonstrations and the seizures of government offices.

The ambassador said the British government opposes the occupations of key government buildings and supports the proposed dialogue to restore peace and democracy. Mr Kent also echoed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s statement, saying that all sides need to show full respect for the rule of law and human rights.

The British ambassador also showed concern over the future of the planned 2-trillion-baht infrastructure projects. Prime Minister Yingluck told him that the decision lies with the Constitutional Court which is set to rule whether the loan bill conflicts with the charter.

The premier also assured that the government will continue to provide uninterrupted services to the public even though many major offices have been taken siege by protesters.