PM offers to help end political crisis

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Thursday she is ready to cooperate and support efforts to help end the political crisis.

The comments come as several parties attempt to broker talks between the caretaker government and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest group.

Ms Yingluck said she was willing to listen to the PDRC's proposals if the talks help restore peace to the country.

However, the premier said she was not in a position to directly engage in negotiations as there are several legal procedures that must be followed.

Responding to reports that former deputy prime minister Visanu Krue-ngam had emerged as a potential mediator to broker talks between the two sides, Ms Yingluck said only that Mr Visanu is a "knowledgeable person".

However, the premier stressed she did not want to be seen as a party in the conflict.

''Some things have happened that are not because of me. They are about legalities, and rules under the constitution,'' Ms Yingluck said.

''The problems cannot be resolved by talks between just two people,'' Ms Yingluck said, adding there are many procedures and rules that need to be considered.

Ms Yingluck said the immediate solution is to bring the country back to normalcy, saying the election must be completed so there are enough MPs to convene the House of Representatives. The process to solve the problems can then begin, she said.

If the election does not proceed, government agencies cannot do their jobs, she added. PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said protesters would not negotiate with the caretaker government nor any mediator.

The only way out of the political conflict is for the Ms Yingluck and her administration to step down, he said.

Mr Suthep was addressing supporters yesterday at the Lumpini Park rally site to mark one month since the PDRC's ''Bangkok shutdown" operation began.

However, protest group co-leader Thaworn Senneam yesterday hinted at the possibility of talks between the PDRC and the caretaker government to end the political conflict.

He said negotiations would be possible if the conflicting parties agree to compromise.

Mr Thaworn said the Election Commission and the government now remain in a deadlock over who should call a new poll date for the 28 constituencies in the southern provinces which did not have any candidates.

The government should not proceed with the election but engage in talks to end the conflict, Mr Thaworn said.

If and when Ms Yingluck agrees to step down, the PDRC will end its rallies, Mr Thaworn said.

An interim government could then be set up comprising ''neutral people'' to initiate a reform process by appointing a reform committee, he said.

After reform plans are completed, the interim government would resign, paving the way for a new general election to be held under new election rules, Mr Thaworn added.

He said true reform must end political divisions and neutral people are needed to initiate this process.

The two opposing sides — the PDRC and the caretaker government — should steer clear of the process.

Mr Thaworn said Mr Suthep's proposal for  a people's council is intended to give the public a broad idea, but said he believes the proposal can be negotiated in principle.

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Discussion 1 : 14/02/2014 at 08:55 PM
Actually, the Prime Minister is not elected in Thailand. Also, once the proceedings in the CC and NACC run their course, there is little doubt this government will be forced out in shame anyway. Would be better for her ego, and without a doubt, her party, if she did the right thing and just resigned now. But as many have said, that won't happen so we will all just have to wait until they are legally and shamefully removed.
Discussion 2 : 14/02/2014 at 07:04 PM
Not at all. Suthep has already removed any doubt but as yet Yingluck hasn't, however, there's still time. The stupid impasse remains because Thais cannot debate for fear of losing face. Maggie Thatcher would have handbagged the pair of them.
Discussion 3 : 14/02/2014 at 05:30 PM
And Khun Sunthep has proved a great orator, leader and statesman ??? This sort of comment and thinking just prolongs the stupid impasse that is destroying Thailand economically and structurally.
Discussion 4 : 14/02/2014 at 05:06 PM
She will never give up, she has handled the complex situation with calm, vision, professional and strength and she has the support of the whole democratic world especially USA & EU. I do think many people underestimate her that why some are desperate and lunatic in BKK streets.
Discussion 5 : 14/02/2014 at 04:35 PM
arnon the existing rules are the problem, there is no accountability for anyone. And hard working people get screwed out of their hard earned money for it. I work, have family & friends and pay taxes here & am very much for building a better society for their collective sakes. If it takes some street protests to alter the laws so that they serve the people more effectively, then that is indeed for the greater good,
Discussion 6 : 14/02/2014 at 04:28 PM
The PDRC is about reform before election. The PM is saving face by sticking rigidly to the constitution because all eyes are now focused firmly on the PTP. Their every move is scrutinized. The PDRC should give some room to negotiate but the PTP should take some responsibility for their poor performance since 2011. Why does Yingluck think it is she that MUST run the country? It is empty rhetoric and enlightened people can see through the facade. And while people are willing to protest peacefully to oppose the government then that does give suthep a degree of power. It's a fact
Discussion 7 : 14/02/2014 at 01:23 PM
See my post below. If the cap fits, wear it.
Discussion 8 : 14/02/2014 at 12:48 PM
Ms Yingluck said she was willing to listen to the PDRC's proposals if the talks help restore peace to the country. However, the premier said she was not in a position to directly engage in negotiations as there are several legal procedures that must be followed. What kind of Government is this? This lady has no clue how to run a Country... She shy away from any political talks... She should be ashamed of herself . from iPhone application.
Discussion 9 : 14/02/2014 at 12:31 PM
If she go to Dubai and you put an unelected government chosen by PRDC, only some elite will fill the pockets again and No Western, Japanese or S.Korean Investor will invest more in Thailand. Adieu Thailand!
Discussion 10 : 14/02/2014 at 12:24 PM
There's an old saying which sums up Yingluck's performance. 'Better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.'
Discussion 11 : 14/02/2014 at 12:22 PM
For Suthep, no resignation, no talk. He has to realize that he's dealing with an elected prime minister who has passed the no confidence vote. The court and the army cannot even find her fault. She cannot resign for the sake of her huge supporters. If she resigns today, the REDS will certainly march into Bangkok. No ending in sight.
Discussion 12 : 14/02/2014 at 12:12 PM
yeah right, the PT has never compromised about anything before and they sure as hell will not start now. They are blowing nothing but smoke when they talk about "negotiations". What will Yingluck negotiate anyway? She doesnt know anything about anything and has no power to make decisions. For negotiations, Suthep should go to Dubai.
Discussion 13 : 14/02/2014 at 11:41 AM
She was 'elected' on the Party list system, a device for enabling people with little education, no political skills but shedloads of money to get into government. The Dems. do the same which is why these jokers get in whatever colour their shirt. Scrap it and scrap it NOW!
Discussion 14 : 14/02/2014 at 11:27 AM
Ah well. She is on the run away from facing problems - again.
Discussion 15 : 14/02/2014 at 11:18 AM
And here we go again, with Ms Yingluck wanting to be a PM but without taking a PM's responsibilies !!! Too easy, Ms Yingluck...
Discussion 16 : 14/02/2014 at 10:59 AM
The government got the majority because PT lured coalition partners with some lucrative posts. The election was not democratically because not all parties were able to participate in all districts (democrats in red village areas, PT in the South). PT won because of populist policy. During the first 2 years this government tried all means to whitewash Thaksin and pushed the rice scheme down our throats. With the blanket amnesty it finally broke the patience of the people, even some red shirts .Without reform and tough anti corruption laws there is no way for new elections.
Discussion 17 : 14/02/2014 at 10:58 AM
THe PM has indeed shown great courage with her outrageous amnesty bill to get a fugitive 'gangster' back to Thailand by whitewashing him, and now rice farmers are committing suicide because they are financially desperate due to her 'courageous' rice scheme fiasco... The 'gangsters' on the streets are the courageous ones, who are not afraid of teaching the PM and her government that corruption and self greed are not acceptable 'anymore' !
Discussion 18 : 14/02/2014 at 10:51 AM
@Ricoaj22@Bikeme@Critically If Suthep believes in Pro-Democracy, which clearly he doesn't, he should be willing to accept partisanship talks to end the protesting so that meaningful negotiations can begin. Somehow he thinks that he has all the power in this situation. The PM is trying to follow the constitution. Suthep is just making up the rules as the protests continue. Thailand is suffering and Suthep doesn't care.
Discussion 19 : 14/02/2014 at 10:17 AM
OK, well the PDRC don't want to run Thailand, they want to reform the laws of the country, in essence stiffen the penalties for corruption, abuses of power, increase government transparency and such like. These reforms are needed. Just look at the rice scheme as a prime example of corruption allegations and lack of transparency (nobody knows the real monetary losses yet). Their motto is reform before election if i'm not mistaken, they are for elections. They just believe in reforming the laws first. And any rational person can see that there is sound judgement behind that. These people aren't gangsters like you say
Discussion 20 : 14/02/2014 at 10:14 AM
med 142!!! I see that your language is instead very diplomatic. Perhaps you'd do well to pay self the rice to the farmers. Who is the criminal? One who has been robbed of his rice? Or who does not want to pay?
Discussion 21 : 14/02/2014 at 09:00 AM
The only way Thailand move forward is to accept the existing democratic rules and law and to get rid of the undemocratic mob and their leader.
Discussion 22 : 14/02/2014 at 08:58 AM
Incredible! When she thinks for herself it simply confirms many of the stereotypes people label her as. She doesn't want to be seen as a party in the conflict. It's a bit late for that, when the opposition is naming you specifically as one of the major obstacles to ending rallies then it couldn't be any more obvious. This made for painful reading
Discussion 23 : 14/02/2014 at 08:52 AM
The Pm has shown great courage in dealing with these gangsters. She has been diplomatic and very patient with them. The only way Thailand will be at peace is when these gangsters are in prison. They are not politicians. There is nothing more corrupt than trying to take power with out elections. To stop people from voting also. 2010 should teach all a lesson about these gangsters. They can not formulate policies to win an election. It would be nice if someone could explain to me that what they do is good for Thailand rather than destroy Thailand.
Discussion 24 : 14/02/2014 at 08:38 AM
Suthep,s extravagant street party diversion so he can evade court on murder charges and in a double whammy seize power.
Discussion 25 : 14/02/2014 at 08:37 AM
"she did not want to be seen as a party in the conflict" - sorry but Yingluck is a center piece of this conflict along with her brother. Is she that blind to what is going on around her?
Discussion 26 : 14/02/2014 at 08:31 AM
"However, the premier stressed she did not want to be seen as a party in the conflict." Wrong, you ARE the conflict.
Discussion 27 : 14/02/2014 at 08:17 AM
Want a solution? Resign, Stop your corrupted police from harassing people. Stop your two guard dogs at the DSI and CMPO. After that the people can start to reform Thailand.
Discussion 28 : 14/02/2014 at 08:10 AM
Except Suthep is no better. He is 'old school' corrupt and has a history to prove it. The idea of appointing a government instead of voting for them is completely undemocratic, which suits Suthep just fine. in other words, both sides are horrible. It would be really nice if we could see some glimpse of this reformation plan. I don't think Suthep and clan actually have anything. They're simply using the keywords that their minions want to hear. He won't negotiate, then it's time to go.
Discussion 29 : 14/02/2014 at 08:00 AM
The only way the caretaker can help is to clean up her act and disappear to Dubai with her cronies.
Discussion 30 : 14/02/2014 at 07:58 AM
Hey Yingluck, if you want to help you should quit and move to Dubai. While you at it take all the band of thieves that surround you with you
Discussion 31 : 14/02/2014 at 07:55 AM
Kudos to her for reaching out, but in the next sentence the premier stressed she did not want to be seen as a party in the conflict. There she goes again, living in la la land.
Discussion 32 : 14/02/2014 at 07:49 AM
Please be so kind as to explain to me how blocking the major intersections of Bangkok and breaking many laws with the sole aim of overthrowing a democratically elected government will "start on the road to recovery becoming a better country"
Discussion 33 : 14/02/2014 at 07:43 AM
If the PM is so concerned about legal procedure, the "rule of law", the constitution, and rules, then where is her brother...? I know...Beating a dead horse with a broken record...(just saying)
Discussion 34 : 14/02/2014 at 07:36 AM
First she offers help, and then states she does not want to be directly involved in the process. This is of coarse how she has managed her job from day one. Maybe when she was handed the job as PM, nobody actually sat down and explained to her that being the PM of a country actually entailed being involved in the running of that country. She has been under the impression that her job is being seen in public and getting her photo taken and all that other 'work' type stuff is being looked after by other people.
Discussion 35 : 14/02/2014 at 07:32 AM
It's always amusing when PT puppets refer to "legal procedures that must be followed." The law has never been of any concern to PT.
Discussion 36 : 14/02/2014 at 07:28 AM
If Suthep would actually sit down and negotiate Thailand might be better for it, both sides need to compromise because if one side gets their way then the conflict will not end because the other side will protest and everything will be same same.
Discussion 37 : 14/02/2014 at 06:56 AM
"PM offers to to help end political crisis". Great! If it includes her packing her bags, then Thailand can start on the road to recovery becoming a better country run from the inside with a government that cares about all Thais in all parts of the country and not by a delusional fugitive from Dubai.

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