Junta denies its chief held private talks with Suthep

national June 23, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has never held private or secret talks with Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, junta deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suvari said on Monday.

Winthai said reports Suthep and Prayuth had earlier communicated secretly were false.
Winthai said that prior to the coup Prayuth had been assigned by the Yingluck Shinawatra government to inform all groups involved in the conflict to find a way to hold talks.
However, efforts to do so had not been successful.
Winthai said the previous government also assigned Prayuth in his capacity as the army chief to warn all groups to avoid breaking the law. He was also instructed to protect the people.
The spokesman said Prayuth could not hold secret talks with any party as the Army had to uphold the laws.

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