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Political strife badly affects Thai chance in UNSC: FM

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul is fearful that the political situation in Thailand would dash Thailand's hope to seek a seat in the United Nations Security Council.

"The current political stalemate has affected the country's chance of being nominated as a non-permanent member of the UNSC because the international confidence towards Thailand has been adversely affected," he said.

The Yingluck government recently launched the campaign for the United Nations Security Council membership (2017-2018). In September, a reception was hosted in New York to lobby for the position. Surapong then also said that Asean, of which Thailand is a member, would not only be asked for support but should help Thailand to seek support from countries outside the group.

On Thursday, he briefed the nine Asean envoys about the current political situations.

Surapong said he was worried that some countries may not understand the protesters’ actitivities, so he hosted the briefing for the diplomats from Asean grouping. Thailand is a member of the 10-member Asean.

He said after the meeting that the foreign diplomats understood the situation.

The protesters have protested against the government and Thaksin Regime for weeks. Their mass rallies resulted in Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives.

The protesters are now campaigning against the government under the name of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee which has rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Democrat MP, as secretary general.

The comittee claimed Yingluck government as illegitimate and attempt to form an interim government to run the country.


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