New York

23 February 2014

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Thailand

The Secretary-General condemns the escalation of violence in Thailand over the past week, in particular armed attacks against protesters in which even children have been killed.  He calls for violence from any quarter to cease immediately, and for the Government to bring those responsible to justice.

The Secretary-General believes strongly that there should be no place for violence by any side in resolving political differences and disputes.  He urges the parties 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 Secretary-General expresses his readiness to assist in any way possible.