Thai gov't time frame for House dissolution must be changed: red-shirts' leader

17:16, March 31, 2010      

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The red shirts won't talk with the coalition government if its time frame to dissolve the lower House of parliament is unchanged, red-shirts' core leader Jatuporn Prompan said Wednesday.

The anti-government red shirts and the government have had a different view on the time frame for the House dissolution.

The red shirts have insisted the House can 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 Vejjajiva has proposed that it could be possible to dissolve the lower House by year-end.

Hence, Jatuporn said it is expected that the mass rally planned on April 3 will be prolonged until the red shirts meet its political demand, Thai News Agency reported.

In a related development, Abhisit's Secretary-General Korbsak Sabhavasu, said the government still hopes that there will be a third round of peace talks with the red shirts.

Speaking during a two-day-official visit in Bahrain, Abhisit said after he returned to Thailand that he is going to ask the red- shirts' leaders again to hold the third round talks.

Regarding the Saturday's mass rally, the government will not use forces to control the red-shirts rally, the Thai prime minister said. Abhisit is scheduled to arrive at Bangkok Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, another red shirts' core-leader Doctor Weng Tojirakarn said the red shirts will visit foreign embassies in capital Bangkok Thursday to inform them about the purpose of the rally.

Ten of thousands of the red shirts led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group have converged on Bangkok since March 12 to press the Thai Premier to dissolve the lower House of parliament and call new election.

The red-shirts' main rally site is now at the Phan Fah Bridge in the center of capital Bangkok.

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