Countries express concern over Thailand tensionsBy Bangkok Pundit Dec 12, 2013 10:00AM UTC
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, has expressed the hope that the decision by Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to call an early election for February 2014 will help ease the country’s political tensions.
Ms Bishop noted that, although Thailand had been grappling with major political challenges, she appreciated the way in which the Thai authorities had allowed peaceful demonstrations and had responded in a restrained manner.
Ms Bishop encouraged all parties to resolve their political differences through peaceful democratic processes and with respect for the rule of law, reiterating that Thailand had Australia’s goodwill and support as it tried to find ways to settle its political difficulties.
I have been following the current situation in Thailand closely and will continue to do so. As a friend of Thailand, the UK urges all sides to adhere to their commitment to the values of democracy and rule of law in the interests of Thailand’s peace and stability. I hope that all parties can resolve their differences peacefully, avoiding violence, and in line with democracy and the rule of law.
Canada is concerned by continuing protests in Bangkok and by renewed risks of associated violence and instability.
We note that Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called a general election to address current tensions and allow all Thais to express their views democratically.
Canada urges all parties to engage through the legitimate Thai democratic institutions and uphold the rule of law. It is the right of every Thai citizen to voice their opinions and concerns through peaceful means and to exercise their democratic rights through an inclusive electoral process.
The United States strongly supports democratic institutions and the democratic process in Thailand, a long-time friend and ally. Prime Minister Yingluck has called for elections as a way forward amid ongoing political tensions and demonstrations. We encourage all involved to resolve political differences peacefully and democratically in a way that reflects the will of the Thai people and strengthens the rule of law.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is calling on all parties to respect the democratic process in Thailand after the government announced an early election.
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, yesterday dissolved parliament and called for an election following a month of often violent protests.
Mr McCully welcomed the move to ease tensions.
“The New Zealand Government has been concerned by the tensions in recent weeks and the risk of further bloodshed. Elections, expected to take place in February, demonstrate the Yingluck Government’s commitment to a peaceful resolution,” Mr McCully says.
“We commend the restraint shown by the Thai authorities and hope this will carry through to the elections.
“We believe the best way to determine the will of the Thai people is through the ballot box, and we urge all parties to see this as an opportunity to test their support.”
Thailand’s Constitution requires the election to be held 45-60 days from yesterday’s announcement.
We call for an easing of the current political tension in view of the forthcoming legislative elections. We encourage Thailand’s political leaders to find a peaceful resolution that fully respects the institutional framework, the rule of law and democratic principles.
I am worried about the potential for further escalation. We call on all those in positions of political responsibility to act with moderation and restraint so that the situation does not spiral out of control.
What is needed now is not confrontation, but political debate and dialogue within the constitutional framework.
Further violence and the spilling of yet more blood on the streets of Bangkok would be a serious setback for democracy, political stability and social and economic development in Thailand.
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