UN calls for peace in Thailand’s political gridlock


BANGKOK, 28 November 2013 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for all sides in Thailand to resolve differences by a peaceful means. 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has been closely monitoring the situation in Thailand over the last few weeks, expressed concern over the rising political tensions in the capital city.

The Secretary-General called on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence, and show full respect for the rule of law and human rights.

He welcomed the Government’s assurances that it would continue to respect the rights of people to hold peaceful demonstrations.

The Secretary-General was also concerned about reports of government offices being seized by the protesters, while strongly encouraging all concerned parties to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means.