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Police chief 'denies' he agreed to meet Suthep

National police chief Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkaew has denied he agreed to meet People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary general Suthep Thaugsban, who is wanted by police on charges of sedition.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo, spokesman for the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) quoted Adul as admitting Suthep had called him, but he told Suthep as a police officer his role was to enforce the law.

It would be up to the chiefs of the armed forces to decide, if they wanted to meet with Suthep, Piya said.

The police chief had also appointed a team of investigators to probe who is behind a questionable video clip, deemed to violate the law covering lese majeste.

Deputy Senate speaker Surachai Liangbunlertchai said the Senate was ready to be a coordinator in bringing the caretaker government and the PDRC to the negotiating table. He added that the military's top brass should allow Suthep to meet with them, in order to seek a solution to the political deadlock.

However, Pheu Thai party strategist Sompong Amornwiwat, said the military top brass wanted Suthep to meet first with seven private organisations in order to discuss solutions. He added that the Pheu Thai was ready to meet Suthep any time to discuss what could be done to reform Thailand's political system, before the general election is held.

Sompong dismissed the proposal floated by some National Anti-Corruption Commission members that the government issue an emergency decree to set up a "people's council" as demanded by Suthep. The proposal cannot be enforced legally, he said.

Meanwhile, PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said the committee was still waiting for an answer from the Supreme Commander on whether a meeting between the military top brass and the PDRC would take place. The PDRC would not be embarrassed if the military refused to meet with them, Akanat added.

In other developments, a group of retired military officers at Nang Lerng racecourse, have announced their anti-government stance and called on those on active duty to side with the PDRC, or at least make a symbolic gesture of support.

Meanwhile, protesters belonging to the anti-government Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (SRT) carried out their threat to cut off electricity and water supplies to government house, after the deadline for their three-day ultimatum ran out yesterday morning.

SRT members have also attempted to dismantle concrete barriers and barbed-wire barricades around the compound, but as of yesterday evening, they had not yet successfully removed all the barricades. The power supply at Government House is now only serving a joint-force of police and soldiers stationed inside the compound, according to a statement issued by the CAPO yesterday morning.

SRT leader Nititorn Lamlua said he expected the barbed wire to be removed from the compound as of last night. He did not say what the SRT planned to do with the barricades outside the Parliament complex, which was also included in the SRT ultimatum.

Sporadic clashes between the SRT and police occurred yesterday after SRT supporters climbed into the compound and attempted to cut the barbed wire from inside.

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