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29 March 2009 :: 18:03:54 pm 27882

Pm Abhisit Warns Ex-Pm Thaksin to Not Meddle With Privy Councillors

BANGKOK, March 29- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday warned Thailand's ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, convicted of breaking the law and on the run to escape prosecution, to not bring allegations that the king?s advisors had meddled with politics and accused him with creating unrest in the country for his personal gain.
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Mr. Abhisit said political demands should be worked out by politicians and it was useless to involve Privy Council President Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda and Privy Councillor Gen. Surayud Chulanont in partisan politics, and also said that the Thaksin accusations that Gen. Prem was closely related to the ruling Democrat party was also not true.

Mr. Abhisit’s comments were in response to the self-exiled Thaksin?s accusations Friday during a video link broadcast live to his United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters rallying at Government House.

Mr. Thaksin alleged that both men were responsible for the military coup that ousted his government on Sept. 19, 2006.

Privy Councilor Gen. Surayud, a former Army commander, was installed as prime minister by the coupmakers. On Saturday he denied that he had desired or was in any position to plot Mr. Thaksin’s overthrow.

Urging the public not to remain idle when improprieties are committed, Mr. Abhisit said the reason that Mr. Thaksin continues in public communication with his UDD supporters protesting at Government House for the fourth day is only aimed at gaining personal benefit.

Asked whether the Red Shirt rally could become prolonged and worsen, Mr. Abhisit said his government is trying to contain the protest so that it does not affect security and peace.

UDD core leader Natthawut Saikuea said the protesters would stand by their demands to dissolve the House of Representatives and hold a fresh general election. He said the United Front will continue the protest at Government House to prevent the prime minister and his ministers from working there indefinitely.

Mr. Natthawut said the UDD protesters also planned to send groups to protest at several other locations.

He said Mr. Thaksin will again appear on Sunday night via a video-link broadcast to his UDD supporters at the rally. (TNA)

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Thailand’s PM Abhisit urges G20 members to stand by developing countries
BANGKOK, March 29 — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said he will urge the world’s leading economies as members of the G20 economic grouping meeting in Britain later this week to not abandon the developing countries in the time of worldwide economic crisis.
 
Speaking during his weekly television address, Mr. Abhisit said he will attend the G20 economic meeting from Wednesday through Saturday in his capacity as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman and would exchange views on the global economic crisis with the grouping?s government leaders.

Mr. Abhisit said that he had prepared his ASEAN position statement last week, and that it will be presented to the G20 leaders during the summit, after having already circulated it to fellow ASEAN countries. The agreed common stance should be in his hands before his departure for Britain.

Major issues to be presented to the G20 at the summit would, according to Mr. Abhisit, include a call for synchronized monetary and fiscal policies and assistance to every country in the world, while trade protectionism must not be practiced.

International financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank must explore ways to help developing countries, he said.

If leaders of the G20 could reach agreement and implement their decisions, the world economy could “recover easier and faster,” Mr. Abhisit said.

But he said Thailand still does not need help from the G20 for the time being as the country’s monetary system remains still strong. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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