Thai deputy PM to hold talks with ousted PM Thaksin

17:08, November 08, 2010      

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Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart said on Monday he will hold a press briefing after his meeting with ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Norway on Tuesday.

Sanan said he took part in a ceremony for the handover of an ancient Tripitaka scripture at a Buddhist temple in Oslo to celebrate His Majesty the King's 84th birthday.

When reporters asked him if the meeting with Thaksin would improve the political situation, he said there would be no point of meeting the deposed premier if it does not help the situation.

Sanan said he believed his meeting with Thaksin would lead to a better political outcome.

Since September, Sanan had started to hold talks with different political groups as part of 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 division.

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 toppled the then-premier Thaksin.

But the latest bloodshed protest of red-shirts, who demanded 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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