Pattaya Daily News

30 September 2008 :: 09:09:21 am 41752

Deputy Pm Chavalit Negotiates With Pad Protesters

BANGKOK, Sept 29 - In an attempt to defuse political tensions in Thailand, newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said Monday he had held negotiations with a core leader of the self-proclaimed Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
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Gen. Chavalit, a former prime minister, told journalists that he had decided to serve the country again and was assigned by Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to oversee and bring an end to the violence currently continuing in the three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

The deputy prime minister said he was also assigned to deal with border issues, solving the problem of poverty in the country and to negotiate with the anti-government protesters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy.

Members and supporters of the PAD have been demonstrating against the government since May 25 at the Makkhawan Bridge on Rajdamnoern Avenue, not far from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and now also occupy Government House, the seat of the prime minister.

Speaking optimistically that the PAD protest could end in future because “we speak the same language”, Gen. Chavalit said he had talked with the PAD core leader but not in detail.

One PAD core leader, Chamlong Srimuang, a retired major-general, told journalists Monday that the former prime minister had spoken with him by telephone.

More talks are still needed, Gen. Chamlong said, but Gen. Chavalit did not ask the protesters to leave Government House.

Asked whether a formal negotiations aimed at ending the marathon protest would be held between the PAD leadership and the government, Gen. Chamlong said it would not be soon “because of differing opinions”. (TNA)

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DPM General Chawalit admits his return to politics is motivated by a need to aid the nation Deputy Prime Minister General Chawalit Yongjaiyuth has admitted that his return to politics is to aid in rectifying the nation’s situation.Deputy Prime Minister General Chawalit Yongjaiyuth (ชวลิต ยงใจยุทธ) revealed today in an interview that his acceptance of the post in Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat?s administration was due to the PM’s urging for him to aid in resolving the nation’s ongoing conflict.

General Chawalit was modest in his reasoning, saying that he was not of any special capability but was ready to tackle the nation?s many issues such as poverty and southern unrest. Asked whether he would be negotiating with the People?s Alliance for Democracy General Chawalit said he would not yet comment on the matter but did remind that he has spoken to the PAD whether directly or through the media.

General Chawalit said that assisting the nation for only one day is already a worthwhile cause. Nonetheless, as the government begins its second day of duty at Don Muang Airport, Deputy Prime Minister Olarn Chaiprawat (โอฬาร ไชยประวัติ) has been the first to arrive.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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