BANGKOK – The United States State Department expressed concern on Wednesday with regard to the increased violence in Thailand and called for restraint by all sides in a conflict that shows no immediate sign of ending.
“Violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing condemning Sunday’s blast and calling it “inexcusable.”
“We reiterate our call for all sides to exercise restraint and urge Thai authorities to investigate thoroughly and transparently all recent acts of violence,” Psaki added.
She said the United States was watching events closely. A State Department official said U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney was actively engaged in efforts to encourage a peaceful and democratic resolution to the tensions.
The European Union and UN also condemned the violence on Wednesday.