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Somchai to end role if Yingluck and Suthep reject proposal

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn will end his attempt to mediate political conflicts if the proposal of six independent agencies to solve the crisis is rejected by the caretaker government and anti-government movement.

Somchai said he is sending a letter to the caretaker government and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) today concerning six constitutional organisations’ proposal to set up a non-partisan panel to collect proposals from both sides.

The decision was made on Monday when the six agencies -- the Ombudsman, the National Economic and Social Advisory Council, the Election Commission, the National Human Rights Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Auditor General -- met to discuss a way out of the country’s political deadlock.

Somchai said it was until March 24 for both sides to consider the proposal and that the reply letters proposing list of 10 neutral persons from the government and the PDRC will be opened publicly at the same time.

If both parties reject the idea, Somchai said he and six organisations will end their role, saying that they have done their best. He reiterated that dialogue is still the best way to solve the problem.


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