UN chief ready to assist anyway possible : spokesman

national February 27, 2014 00:00

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has again offered his help to end political conflicts and violence in Thailand.

Ban's spokesman said Ban "expresses his readiness to assist Thailand and the Thai people in any way possible."

His statement came shortly after caretaker Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tohvichakchaikul said he would seek assistance from Ban. Surapong said yesterday he had spoken with UN chief to discuss ways out of the current political crisis.

Ban himself offered his assistance to Thailand on several occassions, including talking to caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, to end the increasing political violence that claimed at least 22 victims including four children. 

His spokesman quoted Ban as uring the parties in conflicts to engage as soon as possible in meaningful and inclusive dialogue toward ending the crisis and advancing genuine reform.

Ban is "increasingly concerned about the political crisis in Thailand. He has condemned the recent escalation of violence in different parts of the country."

He "believes strongly that there should be no place for violence by any side in resolving political differences and disputes." He urged the parties and all concerned to respect human rights and the rule of law.