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US concerned about continuing tension in Thailand

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:28

Washington: The United States has expressed its deep concern over the continuing political tension in Thailand and said it is closely following the situation in this South east Asian nation.

"We certainly deeply regret the loss of life in Bangkok due to politically motivated violence. We condemn violence as a means to achieve political objectives and urge all sides to exercise restraint and respect the rule of law," the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.

"We are concerned about the continuing political tension in Thailand and we are following the situation closely. Peaceful protests and freedom of expression are important aspects of democracy, of course. Violence and seizure of public or private property, however, are not acceptable means of resolving political differences," she said in response to a question.

The US, she said, firmly believe all parties should work together to resolve differences through peaceful dialogue in ways that strengthen democracy and rule of law. The US Ambassador to Thailand, she added, has spoken with Thai Prime Minister and the opposition leaders to also encourage restraint and peaceful dialogue.

"We just continue to encourage all parties to work together to resolve their differences. We of course have been his comments, but I don`t think we`re going to weigh in further at this point, aside from encouraging restraint on the ground," she said.

First Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:43

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