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UN, US appeal for peace in Thailand

The United Nations and the United States have called on all sides in Thailand to cooperate in seeking a congealing path to political peace.

Vannina Maestracci, an associate UN spokeswoman, told a daily news briefing in New York that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "had been informed of the decision by the Constitutional Court of Thailand to remove caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine other cabinet members from office".

Ban had expressed hope for "a solution through constructive dialogue", she said.

The US urged a "peaceful" resolution to political tensions in Thailand and a new election after the charter court dismissed the prime minister and nine ministers for abuse of power.

Washington was "following closely" the developments after the court removed Yingluck from office, ruling she had acted illegally by transferring a top security officer in 2011.

"We continue to urge all sides to resolve Thailand's political tensions in a peaceful and democratic manner so that the Thai people can choose the political leadership they deserve," said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the US State Department.

"In keeping with Thailand's democratic ideals, a resolution should include elections and an elected government."


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