ASEAN chief says ready to help Thailand defuse tension

The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said on April 13 that if requested, ASEAN is ready to extend any appropriate support to help Thailand defuse its political tension without interfering into internal affairs.
The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said on April 13 that if requested, ASEAN is ready to extend any appropriate support to help Thailand defuse its political tension without interfering into internal affairs.

Surin Pitsuwa said that the deterioration of situation in Thailand has caused a serious concern among the ASEAN member states.

“The deteriorating situation in Thailand between demonstrators and government security forces in Bangkok has caused a serious concern among ASEAN Member States and the world at large,” he said in a statement issued the same day.

Surin said the situation in Thailand is affecting the confidence in the security and stability in the region and if it is left to escalate, it could lead to more violence and losses of lives.

He noted that the situation would tarnish the reputation of Thais as a peace-loving nation, and of Thailand as a source of prosperity and stability in ASEAN.

He, therefore, called on all Thai parties concerned to exercise a maximum self-restrain and to seek a quick settlement through dialogue and reconciliation as soon as possible./.

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