UN chief concerned over rising political tensions in Thailand

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 28 (PNA/Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday expressed his concern about the rising political tensions in Thailand, calling on all concerned to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means.

A statement issued here by Ban’s spokesperson said that the secretary-general is concerned about reports of government institutions being occupied by the protesters.

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have seized the finance ministry and other government compounds, as part of their efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.

Mass demonstrations raised the weeks-long political tensions to the highest level since the deadly political unrest of 2010.

In the statement, Ban called on all sides to “exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and to show full respect for the rule of law and human rights.”

He noted in this regard the government’s welcome assurances that “it will continue to respect the rights of people to hold peaceful demonstrations.”

“The Secretary-General strongly encourages all concerned to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means,” said the statement. (PNA/Xinhua)