Thai deputy PM: Ousted PM Thaksin backs his "reconciliation" plan

19:41, November 09, 2010      

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Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart said fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra supports his campaign to bring about national reconciliation.

Sanan held a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon to discuss about his recent meeting with the ousted prime minister in Oslo, Norway, last week.

"Thaksin said he agrees with my reconciliation effort and he wants to see Thai people turn to talking to each other," he said.

Sanan declined to reveal the details of the meeting, asking the media to wait for the final outcome of all talks.

Sanan, an adviser to the coalition Chart Thai Pattana Party, has tried to be a middleman between political parties, plus the anti-government red shirts and the pro-establishment yellow-shirt supporters in order to enhance national reconciliation after the major bloodbath street protest of the red-shirt in May.

He has met red-shirt leaders in prison, plus key leaders of yellow-shirt, Sondhi Limthongkul, key figures in the opposition Pheu Thai Party, and leaders of small and medium sized parties all except the ruling Democrat Party.

Thailand has been politically divided into two main groups -- the yellow-shirts and the red- shirts. The protests of the yellow-shirt camp in 2006 paved the way for coup detat to overthrow then- premier Thaksin Shinawatra from his office, gave the rise to red-shirt camp, composed of Thaksin supporters and the anti-coup.

Source: Xinhua


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