EU urges a free and peaceful vote

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has issued a statement opposing the increasing violence in the lead up to the Feb 2 general election, saying all Thais should be free to vote as well as hold peaceful protests.

In her statement released on Thursday, Ms Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, urged all to engage in political dialogue to resolve differences, to respect the democratic process and uphold the rule of law. 

“The High Representative is concerned by any actions that undermine Thailand's democratic framework: the Thai people should be as free to exercise their democratic right to vote as to express their right to peaceful protest,”: Ms Ashton said.  

She warned Thailand to avoid letting the situation deteriorate and called on all stakeholders to show the utmost restraint.

"Thailand's future is the shared responsibility of all parties. Only a real dialogue between the authorities and the opposition aimed at finding a lasting political solution based on democratic principles within the constitutional framework offers a way forward," she said. 

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Discussion 1 : 31/01/2014 at 09:50 AM
She represent counties that have successfully made changes in their government by the people for the people through the exercising of the VOTE not promoting not to VOTE. not vote is self destruction
Discussion 2 : 31/01/2014 at 04:14 AM
Unfortunately, most of Thailand's "experts" are self-proclaimed.
Discussion 3 : 31/01/2014 at 12:41 AM
yeah just like the EU is doing in Ukraine, although what's the betting EU officials will be wandering round handing out food to the PDRC supporters? I think not... But in comparison it is fine for them to wander around Ukraine supporting real far right rebel protest groups.. the EU is happy to see regime change in Ukraine (cos they directly benefit) and then spout about democracy elsewhere..
Discussion 4 : 30/01/2014 at 11:22 PM
Though the statement by Ms Catherine Ashton is well-meaning, the majority of Thai people have long realized the importance of a free and fair general election,given the prevailing disparity of education and economic status. The majority of the people are for election but,too tolerant. That's why we see all these infantile behavior as in defacing the police headquarter sign, laying siege on government offices, threats to cut water and electricity at the caretaker prime minister's and other ministers' houses, and lately blocking election. Thailand has enough experts in handling its own without any unsolicited help from outside.

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