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Press Statement
Sean McCormack
Washington, DC
December 23, 2007


Thailand Parliamentary Elections

The United States welcomes initial reports indicating that Thailand's parliamentary election today was conducted in a free and fair manner and congratulates the people of Thailand on taking this crucial step toward a return to elected government.

The Thai people turned out at the polls to show their support for a return to elected government. Domestic and international observers were present around the country. We call on all sides to respect the results, and for a fair and transparent process for the adjudication of any disputes or fraud claims.

The United States looks forward to engaging seriously across a range of issues with an elected Thai government, in keeping with the proud history of our warm friendship and strong alliance.

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