Thai coalition party supports deputy PM's reconciliation campaign

17:03, October 14, 2010      

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The coalition Puea Pandin Party leader said on Thursday that it was a brilliant occasion and good start to have discussion about the reconciliation campaign proposed by deputy PM Sanan Kachornprasart.

Maj Gen Sanan, the deputy PM and chief adviser of the coalition Chartthai Pattana Party, held a meeting with Puea Pandin Party key figures Thursday to collect opinions on ways to achieve national reconciliation.

Puea Pandin leader Charnchai Chairungrueng said afterwards that his party proposed five points to the deputy PM which include:

1. The Puea Pandin Party has adhered to the reconciliation policy and taken the middle path since its establishment. The party will cooperate with the government in administering the country;

2. The party's ideology and philosophy are in line with the party's slogan -- develop the country, protect the religion and uphold the monarchy;

3. Puea Pandin's policy is to bring unity and peace to the country by genuinely adhering to good governance;

4. The party is ready to cooperate with all sides and willing to support reconciliation mission in order to bridge societal divide in the country;

5. The party is committed to mitigation of social conflict and creation of peaceful society by encouraging general public participation to ensure sustainable reconciliation.

The Puea Pandin leader said that he agreed with the reconciliation campaign proposed by deputy PM Sanan because if the country continues to be divided, it could not move forward.

The deputy prime minister is scheduled to meet with the ruling Democrats and army key leaders next week to collect suggestions from all sides.

Beginning from September Maj Gen 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 polarized. The protests of "yellow-shirts" in 2006 paved the way for the coup d'etat 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

(Editor:张茜)

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