Countries Reach Out Showing Support And Concern For Thailand

 | Thu 12 Dec 2013 10:29 ICT

CityNews – Australia has again warned its citizens to avoid areas of unrest in Bangkok, and stated their concerns about the safety of Australian travellers in the city.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she hoped the early elections called by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would soothe the country’s current political wounds. She also said that Thailand has Australia’s goodwill and encouragement through this period of instability.

Canada expressed worry about the remaining high tensions among protesters, even though violence seems to have ceased for now. Foreign Minister John Baird stated, “Canada is concerned by continuing protests in Bangkok and by renewed risks of associated violence and instability.”

France has also declared their concern over the political strife in Thailand, with French Foreign Affairs spokesman Romain Nadal saying their country is watching Thailand very closely. “We encourage Thailand’s political leaders to find a peaceful resolution.” He said.

The US recently issued a statement outlining their position, which is to support the democratic process in Thailand after Yingluck Shinawatra called for new elections. The US says their stance is and always has been to strongly support democratic institutions, and they encourage the Thai government to resolve their political differences peacefully.

Other countries that have reached out to show their support of Thailand during this time include Germany, New Zealand, and China.