Suthep rallies at Foreign Ministry

national April 04, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday led members of his People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to the Foreign Ministry to condemn its plan to invite UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to mediate the Kingdom's political stand-off, before moving on to the Bank of Thailand.

At the Lumpini Park base camp, Suthep told his supporters that he wanted to warn Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul against letting the UN secretary-general interfere in the internal affairs of the country.
The group then travelled by motorcade to the ministry, arriving at 10.30am. Suthep urged the ministry to allow him and nine other PDRC representatives to meet permanent secretary Sihasak Puengketkaew and other senior officials to discuss the political situation.
However, Suthep was told that only a dozen officials had come to the office to collect documents, and Sihasak was not there.
Suthep, addressing the demonstrators from a sound truck at 11.50am, said he had led the protesters to exchange opinions with ministry officials.
“I’ve learnt that they’re having a meeting at the Sukosol Hotel, but I don’t want to cause trouble for the hotel’s guests,” he said, adding that this prompted the idea of discussing Surapong’s plan to involve the UN chief with the permanent secretary. 
Surapong would ruin the country’s reputation, Suthep said, adding that the UN should not be allowed to meddle in Thailand’s domestic affairs.
The procession left the ministry at 12.10pm and advanced to the central bank, where Suthep was welcomed by bank representatives, before having lunch there. 

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