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Supreme Commander wants quick solution to end political turmoil

BANGKOK, Dec 14 -- Supreme Commander Tanasak Patimapragorn urged all parties to observe the rule of law and wanted a quick solution to end the political turmoil.
Gen Tanasak said at a press conference after the forum to seek a solution that he could not say whether he was satisfied with the meeting today but it was certainly useful and could help in seeking a peaceful solution.
He did not comment on the protesters' demands.
He wanted all parties to hold talks with patriotism in mind, observe rules and the law and let the country move forward.
Gen Tanasak said he believed all parties loved the country although they have different ideas.
He said the country was like a human body.  It needs maintenance and repairs, but the body could become paralysed if the process takes too long.
The forum today was organised by the Thai Armed Forces at the main auditorium of the Armed Forces Directorate of Joint Civil Affairs at the Government Complex in Bangkok.
Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest group, had requested a discussion with armed forces leaders about political reform.
The military also extended invitations to academics from universities, business organisations and members of media to attend.
During the forum, Mr Suthep reiterated the PRDC stance to demand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign and the PDRC would seek a caretaker prime minister and cabinet.
Mr Suthep said during the two hour forum that he did not want the military to perform another coup but he wanted the armed forced to make the decision to side with the general public.

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