Thai deputy PM meets yellow-shirts core leader

17:06, September 22, 2010      

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Deputy Prime Minister and chief adviser of the coalition Chartthai Pattana Party Sanan Kachornprasart on Wednesday morning went to see core leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Sondhi Limthongkul to discuss national reconciliation.

The deputy PM said the visit is based on his own will and has nothing to do with Chartthai Pattana Party.

"I think if there is anything I can help, I should do. It is better than idling the days away, watching the problems in our country to continue."

"I personally believe it is time for Thai people to overcome the past conflicts to allow the country to move forward," Sanan said.

After discussion, PAD core leader Sonthi said that in order to achieve national reconciliation, there are some major conditions -- to uphold rule of laws, to cease corruption and to improve politicians' behavior.

On Monday, Deputy PM Sanan visited core leader of the pro- Thaksin United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or red-shirts, Natthawut Saikua who has been detained in Bangkok Remand Prison for inciting violence during the bloodshed protest of red-shirt group.

PAD, also known as yellow-shirts, is a political movement against Thaksin's regime saying policies implemented during Thaksin administration generate massive corruption in the country. Their dynamic movements led to 2006 coup detat which ousted the then premier Thaksin from his office.

The UDD staged prolonged demonstration from March to May this year in Bangkok and some other provinces, demanding the government to resolve parliament and arrange snap election. Their demonstration ended on May 19 when the government resorted to military for dispersal. Around 91 people were killed and almost 2, 000 were injured in the clashes between troops and the protesters. Some red-shirts and leaders were captured for instigating violence.

Source: Xinhua


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