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Sihasak updates top UN official on Thailand's situation

Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary of the Foreign Ministry, met with a senior United Nations official in New York yesterday to provide updates on Thailand's post-coup situation.

He had been hoping to meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, but the UN chief was far too busy and had chef de cabinet Susana Malcorra meet Sihasak instead.

"She is a person trusted by the secretary-general, so what we have discussed will certainly be heard by the secretary-general," Sihasak said.

He said he had explained the latest situation to Malcorra, adding that she responded by saying the UN was ready to back Thailand's return to democracy. He also quoted Malcorra as saying the world body wanted Thailand to achieve the "road map" goals soon.

Sihasak led a Thai delegation to attend a meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council earlier this week. While in New York, he also sought to meet Ban.


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