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Yellows not allowed to close checkpoint

Posted by arnon_k On January - 13 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The government will not allow supporters of the Thai Patriots Network to close the main border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo, as they threaten to do, Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Thursday.

Mr Suthep said other people’s rights would be abused if the checkpoint were closed. He had ordered state authorities in the border area to perform their duties as usual.

The yellow-shirts, rallying in front of Government House, are also planning to petition His Majesty the King, accusing the government of failing to help free the seven Thais being held in Cambodia,

Mr Suthep said the government and state authorities have been trying their best to get the seven Thais released.

“But the government cannot stop the Thai Patriots Netork feeling dissatisfied with its efforts,” he said.

The deputy prime minister said that even though both the red- and yellow-shirt people groups are planning to rally against the government, it was not necessary to again invoke the emergency decree. The authorities can keep the situation under control using ordinary law.

Chaiwat Sinsuwong, a core member of the Thai Patriots Network, on Wednesday said in members of his group may close the permanent Aranyaprathet-Poipet checkpoint in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district to pressure Cambodia to release the seven Thais.

Goods worth almost 30 billion baht pass through the permanent checkpoint each year, and many Thais cross over to spend money int he casinos.

Mr Chaiwat said his group needs to strike where it hurts Cambodia the most.

Suthep no worry about red-shirts rally

Posted by arnon_k On January - 8 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

There is nothing to be worried about the planned rally by supporters of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) tomorrow, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Saturday.

Core leaders of the UDD are planning to hold a mass gathering of the red-shirts this Sunday. They also planned to lead red-shirts to parade from the Democracy Monument to Ratchaprasong intersection.

Mr Suthep said police and other security units are capable of maintaining peace and order.

Stirring the pot ‘will lead to trouble’

Posted by arnon_k On January - 3 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is warning red shirt supporters that stirring up political unrest will jeopardise the chances of a snap poll.

The secretary-general of the Democrat Party said yesterday he expected the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship to continue its street campaign against the government but he hoped the protesters would adopt a peaceful approach.

Stirring up trouble would undermine the popularity of the UDD and the opposition Puea Thai Party, which is its voice in parliament, he said.

Mr Suthep said former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra would continue to influence the red shirt movement but it must be understood that displays of unrest could lead to a further delay to the dissolution of the lower house.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has signalled he wants to hold an early election, while Mr Suthep favours it being held after parliament passes the next budget bill.

The term of the present government ends in December. Mr Abhisit wants there to be national stability, a stable economy, the completion of the constitutional amendments and freedom for all parties to campaign without harassment before there is new election.

Mr Suthep’s preconditions also include the completion of the 2012 budget. Completing the constitutional amendments was not enough to prepare for the next election because the nation would still need to amend the organic law governing elections to be in line with the amended charter, he said.

Members of the lower house will consider two drafts on the charter change.

One is a change to Section 190 to clarify which international agreements or treaties have to pass through the parliament before negotiations with other countries could take place. The other is the change from multi-seat to single constituencies under Sections 93-98.

Mr Suthep agreed with Mr Abhisit’s position that the sooner the House was dissolved and the next general election took place, the sooner there would be an easing of the political division.

Mr Suthep hoped that political parties would try to present their good side to the public when wooing support from eligible voters at the next election rather than using their campaign to attack their rivals. He saw no rift between the Democrat Party and its present government coalition partners, saying the atmosphere was cordial.

It was normal for coalition parties to have disagreements or misunderstandings, he said.

Suthep advised, talk to Hun Sen

Posted by arnon_k On December - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Banharn Silpa-archa, chief adviser to the Chart Thai Pattana Party, said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban should travel to Cambodia to directly discuss the release of the seven captured Thais with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The veteran politician was responding to the arrest of seven Thais, including a Democrat MP and a core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, by Cambodian soldiers and charged with illegally entering the country.

They were visiting a disputed border area in Sa Kaeo province at the time.

“Mr Suthep should go to discuss the matter with Hun Sen before the Cambodian court gives its ruling on the case,” Mr Banharn said on Friday.

The former prime minister this morning opened his Charan Sanitwong residence in Bangkok to well-wishers, led by Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart, who came to offer him a New Year blessing.