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PM concerned about third-party involvement in protests

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday expressed concern at the possibility of third-party infiltration when the anti-government protesters began their "Bangkok Shutdown" operation on Monday.

Yingluck called on the demonstrators to maintain a peaceful protest and promised that the government would fully carry out its obligations but cautioned that violence is sometimes the work of a third party and that this is a concern.

Asked should be held responsible in any case of violence, for example herself or protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, she said all parties must help prevent violence.

She said the especially established Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) would set up a war room at the Royal Thai Police headquarters to closely monitor the situation, ensure that the authorities would patiently provide full security, avoid clashes and abide by international standards in dealing with protesters.

She said she did not believe the people are in favour of a coup and would welcomed dialogue through a national reform forum.

"The answer to a resolution for the country does not rest with me. It's a matter of how we can cooperate so that Thailand moves forward and the protesters are satisfied. I'm ready to cooperate," she said.


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