Vietnam urges peace in Thailand

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Vietnam hopes the parties concerned in Thailand's political crisis can resolve their differences through peaceful means and avoid further violence, Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said on Thursday.

 

It wishes to see a peaceful resolution and return to stability for the sake of the Thai people and the entire region, Nguyen Phuong Nga said when asked about the reaction of Vietnam, which holds the ASEAN presidency this year, to the strife in the neighboring country.

 

Vietnam is watching developments closely and discussing the situation with the other ASEAN members and the need for ASEAN to put on a united front, Nga said.

 

Thailand's anti-government red-shirted protesters under the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship have been demonstrating in the streets since March 14. The conflict has erupted in violence.

 

So far, clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Thailand and blasts have killed 83 people, including two foreign journalists, AFP reported on Friday. A further 1,800 people have been injured.

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