Senator to propose Thai PM to hold talks with anti-gov't core leaders

09:42, May 19, 2010      

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Senator Lertrat Rattavanich, a retired general, is going to propose Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday to hold peace talks, Thai News Agency reported late Tuesday.

The plan was announced after Senator Lertrat discussed with anti-government core leaders for over two hours at the main rally site Rajprasong area in central Bangkok.

The talks will be participated by three sides: the government, the anti-government core leaders, and a group of senators as the mediator.

During the discussion, the anti-government core leaders agreed to stop violent activities, but also demanded the government to do so.

Earlier, anti-government core leader Jatuporn Prompan said the protestors would disperse only after troops are withdrawn.

His remark was made after Prime Minister's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said talks with the protestors will happen only after they end their rally in central Bangkok.

Troops are now besieging the Rajprasong area aiming to pressure the anti-government protestors to end the over-month long rally.

Source: Xinhua
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