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Govt briefs diplomats on aims of decree; US calls for restraint

In imposing the emergency decree, the government's aim is to limit violence and to empower security agencies to keep peace and keep the public safe - not to quell protests, foreign diplomats were told Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow Wednesday invited diplomats from 65 countries and eight international organisations to hear an explanation of the government's intention in declaring a state of emergency on Tuesday.

"We will continue to exercise prudence and discretion in solving problems and will not deprive the people of their rights," he said.

The Nation, AFP


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