February 14, 2014 00:00 By Hataikarn Treesuwan, Jeerapo
The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is ready to end the ongoing protests if the caretaker government resigns from its post and establishes an interim government to implement national reform, according to core PDRC co-leader Thaworn Senneam.
Thaworn is the first PDRC leader to confirm recent media reports that doors have been opened for talks between representatives of the two sides in the political dispute.
At least five people have reportedly joined in these talks, including a senior figure, a retired Army general, PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban’s brother-in-law Niphon Promphan, former deputy prime minister Wissanu Kruangam (as mediator) and ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s close aide Wattana Muangsuk.
In an interview with Spring News, Thaworn admitted he had heard that a group had tried to push for a dialogue between the two key stakeholders to resolve the political crisis at the negotiating table.
However, PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban had not yet informed protest co-leaders of this development, despite reports that Niphon had already discussed the issue with Suthep, Thaworn added.
Asked if the PDRC continued to demand the establishment of a “People’s Council” as well as a non-elected interim government, Thaworn said, “It was just an offer. If the caretaker government wants change, it could raise any conditions for bargaining. We are ready to consider options if they are good for Thailand,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wissanu, who acted as the mediator for the talks, declined to comment. He said via his secretary by phone that he had no comment at this time.
Separately, asked about the dialogue Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was happy to take any measure that would bring peace to the country but she was not in a position to talk. When asked about Wissanu’s part, Yingluck smiled and said Wissanu is a knowledgeable man.