British ambassador suggests peaceful means to solve political problem

October 16th, 2008 - 9:22 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Mr. Quinton Mark Quayle, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland ambassador to Thailand, urged all parties concerned in the Thai politics to jointly resolve political conflict through peaceful means, suggesting all should cling to democracy.

He also suggested on Wednesday (October 15) that Bangkok and Phnom Penh to hold bilateral talks to end the two nations’ border conflict.

Mr. Quayle, said after meeting with opposition Democrat party leader, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, that as the UK has had close relationship with Thailand, he felt regrettable over October 7’s clash between police and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) being tarnished with violence. He also believed that all nations with amicable attitude towards Thailand would also feel sorrowful for the clashes.

The British ambassador also urged relevant factions in the Thai politics to solve prevailing political problems peacefully and take into account the democracy.

Regarding border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia, the British ambassador said he discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Sompong Amornwiwat, adding he suggested Mr. Sompong that both nations should adopt conciliatory approach to resolve the problem as they were neighboring nations.

He added that he also raised the issue while talking with Mr.Abhisit. However, Mr. Quayle declined to reveal the details.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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