Thailand's opposition party announces suspension of reconciliation plan

21:27, September 06, 2010      

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The opposition Puea Thai Party announced Monday that it would suspend its plan to join the government's reconciliation until the government is sincere to push for national reconciliation.

Puea Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit held a press conference to denounce Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban for his remarks, accusing the party for supporting violence by the "red-shirt" protesters.

"So, the Puea Thai will wait and see whether the government and other organizations are ready to push for national reconciliation or not," The Nation quoted Yongyuth as saying.

Puea Thai Party on Thursday issued a statement of five-point reconciliation, calling for all sides to hold talks to explore ways to end political conflict and achieve peaceful reconciliation.

However, the party announced to suspend the plan to response to Deputy PM's comments on Monday that the opposition party needs to first demonstrate its sincerity by refraining from instigating or supporting violent activities.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he has not been contacted by the opposition Puea Thai Party about his offer to consider the reconciliation plan.

Abhisit said he believed the Puea Thai MPs would have to discuss some matters among themselves and reach an agreement before they contact him, Bangkok Post reported.

After the latest chronic protest by the "red-shirts", which left 91 killed and nearly 2,000 injured following clashes between the protesters and the security forces, the nation has been seriously divided. The prime minister later came up with some projects aimed to achieve national reconciliation, including setting up Reform Committees which call for cooperation from every political and social element.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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