UN chief condemns armed attacks amidst Thailand's power struggle

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo (file photo)

23 February 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to escalating violence in Thailand, and urged authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban condemned the aggression, which included armed attacks this weekend against anti-Government protesters. At least two children where killed in the attacks.

“The Secretary-General believes strongly that there should be no place for violence by any side in resolving political differences and disputes,” his spokesperson stressed, adding that Mr. Ban is ready to assist in any way possible.

The top UN official has called on all sides to respect human rights and the rule of law, prevent any new attacks and “engage in meaningful dialogue” toward ending the crisis and advancing reform.

The Thai protesters are reportedly seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration and implement anti-corruption reforms. Authorities imposed emergency security measures last month.

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