Thai PM calls for public participation in national reconciliation plan

22:08, June 10, 2010      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday urged the public to participate in making a national reconciliation plan as the government has targeted to complete the plan to bring about the reconciliation by year-end.

"The reconciliation plan will be a New Year's gift for the Thai people," the Thai leader said.

The official launch of the reconciliation plan took place at 06: 00 p.m. as Abhisit made the call by reading his prepared letter on a live television program from the Government House in central Bangkok.

Thailand passed through many tragic events in the past several years, which had dramatically affected the country, and it is believed that no one wants to see the country to be further damaged, the prime minister said.

"Now, it is time to rebuild our home together," Abhisit said.

Hence, Abhisit emphasized during his address to the nation that cooperation from all social sections is key to the success of the reconciliation plan.

"This is the historical move, but it won't be successful if the public do not participate in the reconciliation process," Abhisit said.

Now, it is time for all sides to reconcile and to create equality, democratic, transparent, and efficient politics for the country's reform, Abhisit said.

The Thai government is ready to listen to opinion from all social sides, while the public can voice their views through several channels, the premier said.

Meanwhile, the reconciliation plan, which is expected to be pushed for completion by all of the social sections, will not affect difference or varieties among the Thai people in the society, Abhisit said.

Three independent committees have been set up to bring about the national reconciliation as proposed by Prime Minister Abhisit, PM's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said earlier on Thursday.

The committees that have already been set up are the one investigating deaths from the two-month long anti-government rally, the one on charter amendments, and the one on media reform.

The government has approached people to head these committees, but said he cannot reveal who they are, Sathit said.

Prior to the address to the nation, the government asked academics, the private sector, local administrators, and mass media, to brainstorm for gathering opinions on how to implement the reconciliation plan.

Source: Xinhua


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