EC commissioner welcomes talk between Phra Buddha Issara, former PM

national February 25, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn Tuesday welcomed the talk between Phra Buddha Issara and former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, saying it was good sign of possible peaceful solution.

The monk, a leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, and Somchai held a talk at the Government Complex Monday.

EC Commissioner Somchai said the talk kick-started the peaceful negotiation between the two sides and the talk would continue with more representatives of both sides.

“The two-side negotiation has started and will continue. The outcome of the talk between Somchai Wongsawat and Luangpu Buddha Issara was a light that lit up amid protracted conflicts in the society,” the commissioner, who is in charge of organizing elections, posted on his Facebook wall.

The EC commissioner said although the nearly-one-hour talk did not go into details on demands of either side, the two sides straightforwardly exchanged opinions and tried to invent a method for seeking peaceful solution for the conflicts.

In the method, the number of negotiators would increase to four in the next round and six in third round with two and three negotiators on each side respectively, the commissioner posted.

“If everything goes on smoothly, the talk will be wrapped up in two weeks,” the commissioner said.

He said the heart of the talk was that both sides agreed to continue the negotiation for a peaceful solution for the country.

He said although the former PM and the monk could not promise that they would be able to convince others on the side to agree with the talk, the Monday talk at least sent a signal that if violence subsided in the next week, the second round of talk would continue.


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