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US urges Thai dialogue, applauds restraint so far

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:45 AM
 
Anti-government protesters listen to a leader's speech as they occupy a major intersection in central Bangkok on Jan 13, 2014. The United States (US) on Monday urged ally Thailand to find a peaceful way to resolve deep differences as it applauded restraint shown so far by authorities faced with major protests. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Monday urged ally Thailand to find a peaceful way to resolve deep differences as it applauded restraint shown so far by authorities faced with major protests.

US officials "urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint and respect the rule of law", State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters.

"We do, I would note, applaud the restraint shown thus far by government authorities in this regard," she said.

Ms Harf said that US officials were working with a "full range" of players "to encourage dialogue and a peaceful democratic transition".

 
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