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Federal Minister Westerwelle on the situation in Thailand

15.05.2010 - Press release

In light of the violent clashes in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin today (15 May):

“I am very concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence in Bangkok, which has already led to the loss of several lives. This dangerous escalation is a serious setback for the efforts to achieve a peaceful solution to the government crisis in Thailand.

I call on all sides to renounce violence and resume political dialogue as soon as possible.

For the time being, our embassy in Bangkok will continue to operate normally. Travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office are being updated constantly.”

In accordance with travel and safety warnings, German citizens are strongly discouraged from travelling to Bangkok. Currently, the airports in Bangkok are still operating as usual. Other tourist destinations in the southern part of the country are not affected by the protests at this time.

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