Thai PM, red-shirt leaders fail to agree, new round of negotiation Monday

08:42, March 29, 2010      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and three anti-government core leaders failed to reach concrete agreement in the first round of talks on Sunday evening, but agreed to meet again on Monday.


Media reporters watch live broadcasting of the first round of talks between Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and red-shirt leaders at the King Prajadhipok's Institute in Bangkok March 28, 2010. Abhisit Vejjajiva and three anti-government core leaders failed to reach concrete agreement in the first round of talks on Sunday evening, but agreed to meet again on Monday. (Xinhua/Thana Nuntavoranut)

Their political negotiations were attended by Abhisit, his secretary-general Korbsak Sabhavasu, and ruling Democrat Party Deputy Secretary-general Chamni Sakdiset from the government side, as well as three core leaders, Veera Musikapong, Jatuporn Prompan, and Weng Thojirakarn, from the red-shirted side.

The nationally televised talks started at 4.30 p.m. and ended shortly before 7.30 p.m.

The red-shirted negotiators have still insisted the House dissolution will be the only solution to the country's political conflict.

Hence, the "red shirts" have proposed the prime minister to make a decision about the House dissolution within two weeks, Jatuporn said before the end of the talks.

"Whether or not you will dissolve the House, it is up to you," Jatuporn said at the negotiation table.

They have scheduled to hold the new round for their political negotiations at 18.00 p.m. on Monday at the same venue King Prajadhipok's Institute in capital Bangkok.


A policeman watches live broadcasting of the first round of talks between Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and red-shirt leaders at the King Prajadhipok's Institute in Bangkok March 28, 2010. Abhisit Vejjajiva and three anti-government core leaders failed to reach concrete agreement in the first round of talks on Sunday evening, but agreed to meet again on Monday. (Xinhua/Thana Nuntavoranut)

Meanhwhile, another red-shirted core leader, Nattawut Saikua, told the red-shirted supporters at the main rally site Phan Fah Bridge that the rally will continue as the government has rejected to dissolve the House.

In a related development, Thailand's acting national police chief Pateep Tanprasert has assured that police are ready to control the red-shirted mass rally, Thai News Agency reported.

Source: Xinhua
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