Security Council urges permanent ceasefire after recent Thai-Cambodia clashes

Voicing grave concern about the recent armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand, the Security Council today urged the South-East Asian neighbours to establish a permanent ceasefire following closed-door talks on the situation.

Ban sounds alarm about escalating political tensions in Thai capital

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.

UNESCO chief distressed by loss of life outside ancient Cambodian temple

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voiced his grave concern at the recent clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers outside the Preah Vihear temple, which have reportedly led to the deaths of two people.

Secretary-General urges restraint as Cambodian-Thai border row turns deadly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern about the exchange of gunfire today along the Cambodian-Thai border near a disputed ancient temple that has reportedly led to the deaths of at least two people.

In Thailand, UN agency opens first legal assistance centre for Burmese refugees

The United Nations today opened the first of seven legal assistance centres for tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in neighbouring Thailand with the aim of providing justice to the victims of violent crimes that plague the border camps.

Thai economy set for steady growth if new government maintains stability – UN

In a new analysis after the military coup, United Nations economists predicted today that Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth could reach 4.7 per cent next year if the new government maintains political stability, but would only reach 3.1 per cent in the case of instability.

UN rights chief calls on Thailand’s coup leaders to restore basic freedoms

Voicing concern over new restrictions on basic human rights in Thailand after last week’s coup, including free assembly and expression, the top United Nations rights official today called on the country’s new leaders to ensure fundamental freedoms and reinstate disbanded rights bodies.

Annan calls for ‘prompt return to democratic rule’ following the coup in Thailand

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a “prompt return to civilian, democratic rule” and elections as soon as possible in Thailand following the military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Secretary-General expresses alarm at reports of coup in Thailand

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced concern today at news of a military coup in Thailand, saying he was disturbed at any change of power through undemocratic means.

With new Human Development award, Annan hails Thai King as example for the world

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented the United Nations first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, hailing the monarch’s tireless 60-year-long efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in his kingdom as an example to the world.