Ban sounds alarm about escalating political tensions in Thai capital

08:40, April 23, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced concern about the ongoing political stand-off in Thailand, where several dozen people have died this month in clashes between anti-government protesters and police on the streets of the capital, Bangkok.

"The secretary-general is very concerned about the continuing stand-off and tensions in Thailand, and the potential for this to escalate," his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

At least three people died and scores more were injured in Bangkok on Thursday after a series of explosions linked to the political tensions, according to media reports.

Ban "appeals to both the protesters and the Thai authorities to avoid further violence and loss of life and to work to resolve the situation peacefully, through dialogue," the spokesperson said. " This is a moment requiring restraint on all sides."

Earlier this week the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added her voice to concerns about the violence in Bangkok.

Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, issued a statement calling on the Thai authorities to protect the safety of journalists after a cameraman was killed and a photographer was injured during the clashes.

Source: Xinhua

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