As father and grandfather, death of children horrifying : US secretary of state

national March 01, 2014 00:00

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The United States is profoundly saddened by the deaths and injuries in Thailand's politically-motivated violence particularly those of children, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

As a father and grandfather, the death of several innocent children is particularly horrifying," he said in a statement issued yesterday.

The death must at last be a wake-up call to all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law.

"We are deeply concerned by the ongoing politically-motivated violence in Thailand. As allies and close friends of the Thai people, we are profoundly saddened by the deaths and injuries that have shaken the country."

He called upon Thai authorities to investigate these attacks swiftly and bring those responsible to justice. "Violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences. We are also concerned by the employment of other tactics that undermine Thailand’s democratic values and processes, inhibit compromise, and further exacerbate political tensions."

Kerry reiterated that the US did not take sides in Thai politics, saying ultimately, it is up to the people of Thailand to decide how they will resolve their differences. He urged that all sides should commit to dialogue in the spirit of seeking common ground to address differences and find a peaceful, democratic way forward.