Czech EU presidency expresses concern about unrest in Thailand

Other News Materials 14 April 2009 04:13 (UTC +04:00)

In a statement released on Monday, the Czech EU presidency expressed a deep concern about the violent unrest in Thailand between the security forces and anti-government protesters.

The EU presidency has at the same time expressed its regrets that the Thai government had to postpone the ASEAN Summit in Pattaya due to political protests, Xinhua reported.

"The presidency hopes that the political divide will be solved through dialogue and by democratic, parliamentary means, within the framework of the constitution," the presidency statement says.

The EU presidency has strongly called on the protesters to refrain from further violence in the street, which can only deepen the tension and risk to harm the stability and the reputation of their country.

It adds that the Thai government has the responsibility to protect both Thai citizens and foreigners, including EU citizens.
It has also expressed the hope that the functioning of ASEAN, an increasingly important partner for the EU, will not suffer from this event, adding that it looks forward to further cooperation between the two organizations.