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Abhisit promises revelations

Posted by arnon_k On June - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Core members of the Democrat Party will speak about the truths concerning the protests by the red-shirts of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship in April-May last year at tomorrow’s rally at Ratchaprasong intersection and tell some stories which have never been disclosed, Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday.

The Democrat Party leader said the speeches would be constructive.

“We will speak of the truths, some of which have never been disclosed before. We will point out what problems are lying ahead of us. We will envisage what direction the country should take in the future after having overcome difficulties during the past few years.

“It will not be our trump card because we still have 10 days to go,” Mr Abhisit said.

The Democrat Party will set up a stage in the plaza in front of the CentralWorld mall at the Ratchaprasong intersection.

Speeches will be made by core party members such as Mr Abhisit, deputy party leader Suthep Thaugsuban, party advisory chairman Chuan Leekpai, and Korbsak Sabhavasu.

On a report that the Democrat Party had already decided to again join hands with Bhumjaithai to form a government, Mr Abhisit said the two parties had not yet discussed this matter.

“We are now at the stage of campaigning. We will continue to ask for votes from the people in the hope we will win more than 250 House seats,” Mr Abhisit said.

PM: Suspected spy has escaped

Posted by arnon_k On June - 16 - 2011 1 COMMENT

One of three men arrested for spying for Cambodia is reported to have escaped, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday.

“I’ve received a report that a spy for Cambodia who was trying to gather information in Thailand has escaped,” Mr Abhisit said.

“This proves that Thailand is not fabricating the spy case and we’ll have to examine the evidence further,” he said.

Police on Tuesday arrested a Thai, a Cambodian and a Vietnamese in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district, near the Thai-Cambodian border.

The suspects carried maps with military bases marked on them, but they denied they were spying.

The Cambodian government has accused Thailand of “deceitful fabrication” intending to mislead the public and malign Cambodia.

PM insists Cambodia was spying

Posted by arnon_k On June - 13 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The government insists it has solid evidence to present to the international community concerning Cambodia’s alleged spying along the border.

It also rejected Phnom Penh’s accusation the spy claims are fabricated to justify aggression against Cambodia.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said Cambodian authorities had tried to contact Thailand to secure the release of the three men.

“It it is fabrication, why did Cambodia try to contact us for help in obtaining their release?” Mr Abhisit said.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti said a Cambodian consulate official had directly contacted Thai authorities with regard to the detained men.

Mr Abhisit said there were grounds to believe the three men were involved in alleged spying and that a number of documents were also seized from them. After police have finished an investigation, the Foreign Ministry will take up the matter based on their findings. Details of the alleged spying will soon be made public.

“The information is solid enough and will also be presented to the international community,” the prime minister said.

He added the information should also be beneficial when Thailand makes its case in international forums over the border dispute with Cambodia.

Three men, a Thai, a Cambodian and a Vietnamese were arrested in Kantharalak district of Si Sa Ket on Tuesday evening carrying maps with military bases marked on them, according to police.The suspects have denied they were spying in the area.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jessada Katawethin yesterday said no legal action will be taken against the three men without clear evidence.

Police will forward their findings to the prosecution, which will then consider whether to submit the case to the court.

Mr Jessada said if and when the case goes to court, the three men can appoint their own lawyers.

Authorities from the Vietnamese and Cambodian embassies can visit the three men according to international practices.

Abhisit opposes referendum plan

Posted by arnon_k On June - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has rejected a Pheu Thai Party plan to hold a national referendum on amnesty for offences committed after the 2006 coup.

“I am not sure whether the referendum holding is constitutional. It could once again create a problem of social division in the country.

“The best thing to do at this time is to move the country forward without any impact on the effort to resolve problems faced by people. The best way is not to do this kind of thing,” the Democrat leader said.

The claim that granting amnesty will be equally beneficial for all sides is unlikely, Mr Abhisit added, giving an example that if the government had to return confiscated assets to former prime minister Thaksin, the country would be damaged.

Asked about a report on the establishment of pro red-shirt villages, Mr Abhisit said he had no idea about the objective of such action but was told that it might be for building up a network of red-shirt followers.

Questioned about Chartthaipattana leader Chumpol Silpa-archa’s discontent over a Facebook message that said he had no choice but to include Chartthaipattana and other parties in a Democrat-led coalition government, Mr Abhisit said Mr Chumpol might have misunderstood his point of view, as he had not fully explained it.

Mr Abhisit said it is not necessary for him to clear up the misunderstanding as he believes Mr Chumpol would finally understand.

Mr Chumpol yesterday criticised Mr Abhisit for not giving other parties in the coalition due respect.