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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   28 November 2013  

Thai PM Yingluck offers dialogue to end political debacle

Embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stressed today that the government is ready for dialogue to seek peace for the country.
In an interview with reporters before attending the no-confidence debate at Parliament for its second day, Ms Yingluck said, “We should sit down and talk. The demonstrators’ demands must end with a dialogue. The government has kept the door open, otherwise their demands will not be met. Whatever is good for the majority, we are willing to cooperate.”
She said the Internal Security Act has been invoked to facilitate the authorities in protecting state property, not to assault people.
The government has emphasised peaceful methods without using weapons or violent measures against the people and “I beg the demonstrators not to close state buildings which could lead to further damages.”
She said she has repeatedly instructed provincial governors and police to protect government buildings but refrain from using force against the protesters.
Ms Yingluck said she would meet with senior officials at theministerial level today to discuss measures to protect and provide convenience to the public.

Asked if she understood the protesters’ description of the “Thaksin regime,” Ms Yingluck said she did not understand it and that the so-called the Thaksin regime has never existed.
“There is only one regime. That is democracy. If they are dissatisfied, we should talk. A people’s assembly will not materialise unless we discuss related laws leading to it. We are willing to accept any resolution for the interest of the people,” said the prime minister.
Asked what the government would react since demonstrations have escalated beyond a dialogue, Ms Yingluck said, “We have to be firm on a peaceful principle. Don’t believe that you’ll win just because you’ve crossed the line. There are neither losers nor winners. Only the nation will suffer, so as the people. We will not invoke other laws to deal with the protesters.
“The government is not stubborn. We must at least have a common principle to work together. Please have your sympathy on the country. Several countries have sent out their warnings on damages to the economy and confidence on Thailand.” (MCOT online news)

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