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02 September 2008 :: 20:09:17 pm 42793

Army Chief: Thai Military Won’t Stage Coup, Explores Ways to End Violence

BANGKOK, Sept 2 -- Pledging that there is no possibility of a military coup d'etat after embattled Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej imposed a State of Emergency in the Thai capital of Bangkok early Tuesday, Army chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda said unarmed military and police personnel would maintain peace and order, while officers seek ways to end the bloody violence between the pro- and anti-government demonstrators.
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Gen. Anupong told a press conference after a meeting between senior military and police officers that concerned officials would use democratic means to finding ways to solve the ongoing political turbulence.

“Negotiations will be used in ending the problem and not simply the force of law,” said Gen. Anupong.

The Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations was imposed shortly after dawn Tuesday, hours after the pro-government demonstrators clashed with protesters loyal to the anti-government

People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) now occupying Government House which houses the prime minister’s office.

One person died and more than 30 others were injured in a free-for-all clash. Mr. Samak has said that the decree would not be imposed for long, but he did not give a timeframe when it would be lifted.

Assuring the public that Bangkok’s metropolitan police and the First Army Region, which supervises security in Bangkok and central region provinces, could maintain peace, Gen. Anupong said he personally believed that when both the administrative and the judiciary branches failed to end the conflict in the country, the legislature, which is the last opportunity, should step in to end the conflict.

“Parliament should be responsible to end this problem,” Gen. Anupong said. “If the problems cannot be resolved, the country can’t survive.”

When asked whether a curfew would be imposed in the capital after the decree was issued, Gen. Anupong said it was still inappropriate to impose a curfew because it “could affect daily life and business”. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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