US calls for peaceful resolution to Thai political crisis
Washington: The United States on Wednesday urged the Thai government and "Red Shirt" protesters pressing for fresh elections to seek a peaceful resolution to Thailand`s deepening political crisis.
"We would continue to encourage both sides to work out their disagreements peacefully," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. "We don`t believe that violence in any shape or form is a solution to this political challenge."
Protesters encamped in Bangkok`s upscale retail district earlier ruled out talks with the government despite a looming crackdown that has prompted them to fortify their rally base with homemade barricades.
"This is something that has ultimately to be resolved in Thailand," said Crowley.
"We encourage the government and all parties within Thailand to work through these difficulties cooperatively."
Jatuporn Prompan, a leader of the anti-government campaigners who are pushing for fresh elections, said earlier that talks were "out of the question" after street clashes in Bangkok earlier this month left 25 people dead.
The protestors, who draw much of their support from the rural poor, are mainly partisans of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup and living in exile to avoid a jail sentence for corruption.
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