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Thai Government Heads to United Nations for Help Resolving Politial Crisis

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul

 

BANGKOK –  Thailand’s Caretaker foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, heads today to the United Nations looking for solutions to the crisis existing in that country, after the secretary general of that body Ban Ki-Moon called for second time to a dialogue between the parts in conflict.

 UN chief Ban Ki-moon today offered his help to stop the bloodshed and called on all sides to respect human rights and the rule of law.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon today offered his help to stop the bloodshed and called on all sides to respect human rights and the rule of law.

The diplomat said he will make that proposal to the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping, reiterating the will of the government to talk with the intransigent Committee for the Popular Democratic Reform and avoid the threat of increasing violence.

Before taking this step, the Army chief, general Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an unusual public statement declared to a News Agency that a civil war will be inevitable if all parties do not respect the rules.

In that sense, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejected statements from the so-called Red Shirts that support her, to strengthen the bases in the Northern provinces and called then to containment.

In the meantime the leader of the Committee for the Popular Democratic Reform Suthep Thaugsuban keeps his protest campaign after the resignation of the interim executive and the formation of a Popular Council, while keeping the door closed to early elections.

The Electoral Committee works in the Constitutional Court on a new government decree to summon elections in eight provinces where there were no elections on February 2.

The ruling Peau Tais Party received the recommendation with suspicion and considered it unnecessary and a possible political trap to provoke and additional process of unconstitutionality.

But that problem is exceeded by the fear of an uncontrolled political violence, taking into account that since November, when the crisis started 22 people were killed, including children and more than 700 have been wounded.

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