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18 June 2007 :: 12:06:17 pm 29590

Coup Makers Reject Demand to Disband, Debate

BANGKOK, June 18 – Thailand‘s Council for National Security (CNS) is committed to accelerating preparations for the general election as scheduled, but is unable to accept demands for its dissolution or participation in a debate, according to CNS spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd.
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The CNS is the military committee comprised of senior officers who led the September 19, coup d’etat which unseated the government of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Nine leaders of the Democratic Movement Against Dictatorship, an anti-junta group, on Sunday submitted a letter to CNS chairman Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin demanding that the council be dissolved, that a general election be held as soon as possible, and that those who conducted last year’s coup join a debate at Sanam Luang.

Col. Sansern said he would inform his commanders of details of the demands in due course.

In his view, the CNS and the government had attempted to speed up the election process, particularly the constitution drafting, to ensure that a general election is held as scheduled.

However, the military council will not dissolve itself as the protesters demand because it is in the middle of conducting its mission as they had planned.

Actually, he said, it is unnecessary to press the CNS to dissolve because it will be disbanded automatically when the new government is formed.

On the demand for CNS representatives to join the debate, he said, its members would not do that because they are not politicians and see no need to clarify any matters.

“We can only accept one of the three demands by the group,” Col. Sansern noted, “and that involves the acceleration of the election process. The other two are unacceptable

“Actually, when the time comes, everyone will know the real objective of demonstrators is to fight for an individual person.

“We are not worried about the movement. But we want to see the demonstrators abide by the law. What we are concerned about now is the core members’ failure to control the demonstrators.

“We don’t want to see any violence and clash. We want to see peace so that our country can be further developed,” Col.Sansern said.

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June 16, 2007 15 33 

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said June 16 he is willing to negotiate with his ousted predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra, to reduce increasing political tensions in Thailand. The statement comes after Thaksin, in a taped speech aired on television June 15, criticized the generals who ousted him in a September 2006 coup, saying he is “ready to come back to fight” for his good name. Thaksin’s speech was aired in front of 13,000 supporters in Bangkok

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