Thai deputy PM continues seeking reconciliation

20:01, October 13, 2010      

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Thai Deputy Prime Minister and chief adviser of the coalition Chartthai Pattana Party Sanan Kachornprasart on Wednesday went to meet with Pracharaj Party leader Sanoh Thienthong to discuss reconciliation plan.

After the discussion, he expressed his gratitude to Pracharaj leader for making him feel more confident that his plan will lead to the concrete success. He said he would collect all suggestions received and present them to all political parties and factions.

Pracharaj leader Sanoh said "We need brotherhood talks. The wrongdoings should not be repeated. There are rules and regulations in our country and whoever committed crime deserves punishment."

The deputy PM said he had a schedule to meet with leaders of the coalition Puea Pandin Party on Thursday to discuss ways to achieve national reconciliation.

Sanan said next week he would also meet with the main government coalition Democrats and as soon as he had finished discussion with all political parties, he would have a discussion with army chief.

When asked about the time frame of his reconciliation plan, he said he would like to complete it 2-3 months ahead of the general election which the government expects to hold by mid 2011.

Sanan, however, refuses to have a talk with Kanit na Nakorn, the head of independent fact-finding panel which was assigned to investigate the recent political unrest, saying their duties are separated.

From September since Sanan had started to hold talks with different political groups as part of his reconciliation campaign which functions in parallel with the other three panels set up by the government for the same purpose of bridging Thailand's deep divide.

Thailand has been politically divided into two main groups -- the pro-establishment "yellow-shirts" and the pro-Thaksin "red- shirts" whose protracted struggle has left Thailand deeply polarised. The protests of "yellow-shirts" in 2006 paved the way for coup detat which dethroned the then-premier Thaksin Shinawatra from his office.

But the latest bloodshed protest of "red-shirts", who allied with the ousted former PM Thaksin and demanded for dissolution of the parliament, left 91 people dead and nearly 2, 000 injured as clashes between troops and protestors occurred in April and May this year.

Source: Xinhua


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