US deeply regrets violence, loss of life in Thai protests
Washington: The United States expressed deep regret over the violence on the streets of Bangkok and the loss of life in the political protests, the State Department said.
"The United States deeply regrets the violence on the streets of Bangkok April 10, and the loss of life. Violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences," said spokesman PJ Crowley.
"We call on the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and the Thai security forces to show restraint going forward," Crowley added.
"The United States firmly believes both sides can and should work out disagreements peacefully through earnest negotiation. We once again stress the importance of all players in Thailand working to resolve differences in a way that strengthens democracy and rule of law.”
"We strongly support the Thai nation and its people during this difficult period," Crowley said.
Thailand`s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said earlier yesterday that he would not step down after deadly clashes in the capital between security forces and anti-government protesters.
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