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At least six nations plus the European Union have so far issued statements calling on parties in Thailand to solve their political differences through democratic means.

France is the latest to issue a statement. French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal said, "France is concerned about developments in the political situation in Thailand, which is being closely monitored.

"We call for an easing of the current political tensions in view of the forthcoming legislative elections. We encourage Thailand's political leaders to find a peaceful resolution that fully respects the institutional framework, the rule of law and democratic principles."

Australia also issued a statement yesterday to show its concern at the situation in Bangkok, following those from the US State Department, Germany, New Zealand and Canada.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop noted in her statement issued yesterday that although Thailand had been grappling with major political challenges, she appreciated the way Thai authorities had allowed peaceful demonstrations and had responded in a restrained manner. "Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, has expressed the hope that a decision by Thailand's premier to call an early election for February 2014 will help ease the country's political tensions," read the statement.

The French Foreign Ministry statement echoed Australia, saying: "We call for an easing of the current political tension in view of the forthcoming legislative elections. We encourage Thailand’s political leaders to find a peaceful resolution that fully respects the institutional framework, the rule of law and democratic principles."


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