New York, 24 Feb 2014 -Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has condemned the escalation of violence in Thailand over the past week.
He was particularly referring to the recent bomb blast in front of Big-C Department Store on Ratchaprasong Road, resulting in the deaths of 2 young children.
Mr. Ban called for violence from all sides to cease immediately, and for the Government to bring those responsible to justice.
According to the Secretary-General, there is no excuse for any side to resort to the use of violence as a means to solve the ongoing political differences and disputes, urging all parties involved to respect human rights and the rule of law, and to prevent further attacks.
He said both sides of the conflict should engage in meaningful dialogue toward ending the crisis and advancing reform.
The Secretary-General also expressed his readiness to assist in any way possible.