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UN chief condemns increasing violence in Thailand; urges dialogue

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "expresses his readiness to assist the parties and the Thai people in any way possible," his spokesperson said.

His spokesman quoted Ban as uring the parties in conflicts to engage as soon as possible in meaningful and inclusive dialogue toward ending the crisis and advancing genuine reform.

Ban is "increasingly concerned about the political crisis in Thailand. He has condemned the recent escalation of violence in different parts of the country."

He "believes strongly that there should be no place for violence by any side in resolving political differences and disputes." He urged the parties and all concerned to respect human rights and the rule of law.

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