Thai PM, red-shirt leaders fail to reach agreement, new round of talks not yet set up

09:21, March 30, 2010      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and three anti-government core leaders Monday evening failed again to reach concrete agreement, while a new round of their political talks is not yet set up.

The second day of their peaceful talks started at about 18:20 p. m. and ended at about 20:20 p.m.

During the second day talks, the two sides could not agree on the time frame to dissolve the lower House of parliament.

The red shirts' core leaders still insisted that the House be dissolved by the premier within 15 days and it will be the only solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

But, Prime Minister Abhisit said that there are three conditions which are essential to occur before he will dissolve the lower House.

The House dissolution could possibly occur within nine months or by the year-end after a draft of the 2011 fiscal budget, constitution amendment, and the poor political climate are to be settled.

It will take time for the government to conduct a national referendum to ask the Thai people what points on the constitution needed to be amended, Abhisit explained.

The draft of the 2011 fiscal budget is essential to further shore up the country's economic recovery, the premier said.

Source: Xinhua
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