Summary: 13 April 2010, Brussels – Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement on the political situation in Thailand:
"I am deeply concerned by the outburst of violence between demonstrators and security forces in Bangkok on Saturday 10 April. I regret the violence and the heavy casualties, particularly the high number of deaths.
On behalf of the EU, I present my condolences to the Thai people and all families who have suffered the loss of loved ones.
I have taken note of the decision of the Thai Government to establish an independent committee to investigate the incidents. I renew the EU's call on all sides to show the utmost restraint.
Once again, I urge all parties to engage immediately in a constructive dialogue in order to solve the current crisis through peaceful and democratic means, and aiming at the swift restoration of stability and the rule of law."