ASEAN urges 'peaceful resolution' to Thai crisis

Breaking News May 11, 2014 00:00

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NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - Southeast Asia's regional bloc called Sunday for a "peaceful resolution" to the political crisis gripping Thailand, days after a controversial court ruling removed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw this weekend.

In a statement by ASEAN foreign ministers, the bloc said it was closely monitoring the situation in Thailand, where both pro- and anti-government protesters have been drawn onto the streets, raising fears of unrest.

ASEAN member states "emphasise their full support for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing challenge in the country through dialogue and in full respect of democratic principles and rule of law," it said.

The ministers stressed the importance of "promoting national reconciliation and the return of normalcy in Thailand, in accordance with the will and interests of the people".



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