U.S. urges rivals in Thailand to resolve disagreements peacefully

08:41, April 23, 2010      

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The U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned violence in Thailand and urged rival sides in the country to resolve disagreements peacefully.

"We condemn the violence, we call on leaders of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship to do the same. We also call on the Thai security forces to show restraint," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

"The United States firmly believe that both sides can and should work out disagreements peacefully through earnest negotiation. Violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences," said Crowley.

At least five people died and about 100 others were injured in a series of bomb blasts that hit Bangkok's main financial district of Silom on Thursday night.

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued travel alert to U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand, due to the ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok.

Members of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, also known as the "red-shirts," have started their protests from March 12.

They have demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to " immediately" dissolve the lower House of parliament and hold a new general election. The "red-shirts" on Thursday ruled out new talks with the Abhisit government.



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