Ban sounds alarm about escalating political tensions in Thai capital

22 April 2010

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern about the ongoing political stand-off in Thailand, where several dozen people have died this month in clashes between anti-Government protesters and police on the streets of the capital, Bangkok.

“The Secretary-General is very concerned about the continuing stand-off and tensions in Thailand, and the potential for this to escalate,” his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

At least three people died and scores more were injured in Bangkok today after a series of explosions linked to the political tensions, according to media reports.

Mr. Ban “appeals to both the protesters and the Thai authorities to avoid further violence and loss of life and to work to resolve the situation peacefully, through dialogue. This is a moment requiring restraint on all sides.”

Earlier this week the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added her voice to concerns about the violence in Bangkok.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, issued a statement calling on Thai authorities to protect the safety of journalists after a cameraman was killed and a photographer was injured during the clashes.


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