April 15, 2009 / 5:25 PM / 10 years ago

Thai ex-PM Thaksin urges king to help end conflict

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - Thailand’s ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday urged King Bumibol Adulyadej, seen by many Thais as semi-divine, to help end the political chaos that has erupted into violent protests.

Thailand has revoked Thaksin’s passport, saying he helped instigate the unrest from his self-imposed exile. His supporters forced the cancellation of an Asian summit last weekend, and two people were killed in the violence in Bangkok.

"I have urged his majesty to intervene. He is the only person that can intervene in this incident, otherwise the violence will become wider and also the confrontation would be more and more," Thaksin told French broadcaster France 24.

The king is widely respected by Thais, whatever their political affiliation.

"I would like to urge his majesty ... that he would step in to help reconciliate the country," Thaksin said.

He said he would continue to give "moral support" to the protesters in Thailand. (Editing by Tim Pearce)

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