European embassies call on Thailand to ensure safety for tourists on resort island of Phuket

  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 10:35 AM

BANGKOK — European ambassadors are urging authorities on a Thai resort island to take steps to ensure the safety of foreign tourists.

A statement Friday issued on behalf of European Union countries said the embassies suggested several measures to be taken on the southern island of Phuket.

They suggested curbing violence and intimidation by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers, enforcing ethical behavior by police and immigration officials and ensuring physical safety on roads and at beaches.

European diplomats and provincial governor Maitri Inthusut met last week. The statement posted on the British Embassy's Facebook page says, "Tourists need to feel safe and that they are being treated fairly."

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