UN agencies ‘confident in Thailand’

NEW YORK: United Nations agencies are still confident in Thailand’s role as a leader in the region despite the military coup, the acting foreign minister says.

  • Published: 11/07/2014 at 06:04 AM
  • Newspaper section: news

Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow yesterday met the president of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly John W Ashe, the chef de cabinet of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Susana Malcorra, and president of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) Martin Sajdik.

Mr Ashe said although some foreign governments are concerned about the change of regime and had reacted in various ways, he believed Thai political problems should be tackled by Thais.

He said he hoped all sides would return to the negotiating table and seek ways to move the country forward.

Mr Ashe recognised Thailand's constructive role on the international stage, such as in achieving the Millennium Development growth goals, and hoped the country would continue along that path to boost confidence among foreigners.

Mr Sihasak also said to Ms Malcorra that foreign governments which believed Thailand should return to democracy should support what Thailand has done.

Ms Malcorra supported Thailand returning to democracy at a pace which depends on Thailand’s needs, said Mr Sihasak. “This means the UN has not left Thailand isolated.

“She would like to see Thailand achieve its plan to return the country to democracy soon because she sees Thailand having an important role in the region which could spur cooperation amid the economic challenges,’’ he said.

“We hope Mr Ban Ki-moon has a good reaction to this briefing and shows his understanding of Thai politics as well as supporting us in returning to democracy,’’ Mr Sihasak said.

Meanwhile, Ecosoc chairman Sajdik saw Thailand achieving success by adhering to the rule of law, justice and transparency. He agreed with Mr Ashe's view that each country should resolve its own problems.

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