Canada Urges Restraint Ahead of Thai Election

January 30, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today made the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the difficulties many Thai citizens faced in exercising their democratic right to vote during advance polls for the general election, both in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country. We are also concerned by several acts of political violence that have resulted in the loss of life and a number of injuries.

“We urge all sides to respect and protect Thailand’s democratic institutions and processes, to uphold the rule of law and to condemn violence. We also urge all sides to engage in a genuine dialogue with a view to resolving the current crisis peacefully for the benefit of the people of Thailand.

“Canada commends the continuing efforts of Thai authorities in exercising restraint in order to prevent confrontation and violence, and invites all sides to exercise similar restraint.”

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