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Thaksin must show remorse before negotiations: PM

The government will not be intimidated but is always open for forgiveness for anyone showing remorse and accepting to abide by the rules, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday in his reaction to a demand for talks by ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

"If Thaksin respects the law, then there can be talks - many things can be accomplished by negotiations, but he must first accept the justice system, otherwise there is no starting point," he said in reference to Thaksin's conviction for conflict of interest and his two-year jail term.

In his phone-in message on Monday's night, Thaksin demanded a blanket amnesty. He said the persisting struggle would lead to the destruction for all sides unless amnesty granted to restore the situation to before the 2006 coup.

Abhist said he did not see how the country would collapse for upholding the system. The downfall would happen to those refusing to play by the rules, he added.

He said any negotiations could not take place before Thaksin complies with his verdict and sentencing.

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