Press Releases : Message of condolences from Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs on the death of two British nationals on Koh Tao Media Center

Press Releases : Message of condolences from Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs on the death of two British nationals on Koh Tao

Regarding the deaths of two British nationals on 15 September 2014, H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs has conveyed message of condolences to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on behalf of the Government and people of Thailand. Message as follow:

“Excellency,

I have learned with profound regret and sadness of the deaths of two British nationals, Ms. Hannah Victoria Witheridge and Mr. David William Miller, on Koh Tao on 15 September 2014. On behalf of the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand, I would like to extend to you and, through you, our sincere condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families for their irreparable losses.

I wish to reassure that the Royal Thai Government attaches highest priority to protecting safety of foreign nationals residing and visiting Thailand. On this particular case, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, has personally instructed the relevant Thai authorities to tighten security measures in the area. The instruction was also to conduct a transparent and thorough investigation into the causes and circumstances surrounding Ms. Witheridge and Mr. Miller’s unfortunate deaths, with a view to arresting and prosecuting the culprits in the most expeditious manner. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work closely with the British Embassy in Bangkok and is ready to render assistance in any way.
  

Accept, Your Right Honourable, the assurances of my highest consideration.

                                                                                    General Tanasak Patimapragorn
                                                            Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand”