Pattaya Daily News

24 October 2008 :: 20:10:32 pm 41044

Pm Confers With European Commission Chief on Thai Politics

BEIJING, Oct 24 -- Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat on Friday discussed Thailand‘s political situation with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on the sidelines of ASEM 7 in the Chinese capital.
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For Thailand the sidelines are central to the government’s hopes for the success of the two-day Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) which opened in Beijing on Friday were aimed at strengthening ties between the kingdom and the European Commission, said Mr. Somchai.

He later told journalists that the European executive had asked about the nearly five years of violence in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces — Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala — and the two-month occupation of Government House in Bangkok by the People’s Alliance for Democracy.

The EC chief, according to Mr. Somchai, wanted to see further development in Thailand as well as solving problems in line with the democratic process, which he said was accepted by every party.

“A number of national leaders have reiterated that recognition of an elected government (is necessary to being perceived as a democracy),” Mr. Somchai said, “and believe that problems should be raised inside the chambers of parliament rather than outside.”

Mr. Somchai said he had asked European Union (EU) member countries to facilitate issuing visas for visitors from Thailand and from fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations who face many problems in visiting while only a limited number of workers are allowed to work there. Sufficient freedom should be granted, he said.

They also discussed persisting problems relating to Thai farm exports to the EU, and the European Community chief promised he would look into the problem. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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