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EU official urges political dialogue

Catherine Ashton (Photo by AFP)

Catherine Ashton (Photo by AFP)

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, deploring the increasing violence in Thailand, continues to urge all to engage in political dialogue to resolve differences.

In a statement issued by her spokesperson, Ashton also urged all to respect the democratic process and uphold the rule of law.

"While we respect that this is a matter for the Thai people to resolve, the High Representative is concerned by any actions that undermine Thailand’s democratic framework: the Thai people should be as free to exercise their democratic right to vote as to express their right to peaceful protest.

"In this difficult period for Thailand, it is essential to avoid a deterioration of the situation. The High Representative calls on all stakeholders to show the utmost restraint. Thailand’s future is the shared responsibility of all parties. Only a real dialogue between the authorities and the opposition aimed at finding a lasting political solution based on democratic principles within the constitutional framework offers a way forward."

The statement is issued two days before the general elections will be held on Sunday, February 2, amid fears of violence. Violence was witnessed on Sunday, when the advance voting took place. More incidents followed.

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