Ban Ki-moon asked for Thai crisis help

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that he had spoken with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon this morning to discuss ways out of the current political crisis.

Mr Surapong said the ongoing state of chaos and violence, particularly the deaths of four innocent children, had guided his decision.

He had thought about inviting Ban Ki-moon to give advice, since the UN is highly experienced in dealing with conflicts, to prevent other countries losing confidence in Thailand, he added.

Mr Surapong said that in countries such as Syria, Ukraine, Egypt and Rwanda, the UN stepped in to intervene during the later stage of internal conflicts, so the intervention was of little use.

"If we could bring the UN in to initiate talks, a solution to the conflict in Thailand might be reached. At 9am today I talked on the telephone with Ban Ki-moon to directly discuss this matter with him.

"I will propose this idea to a meeting of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order," said Mr Surapong, an adviser to the CMPO.

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said he does not know of anyone who could be a trusted middleman to mediate peace talks, Mr Surapong said, so the UN might be most suitable to take up this role.

If the Democrat Party is afraid an upcoming election could be unfair, the UN has an organisation dedicated to ensuring election fairness, he added.

"Today, the Thai people must be open-minded. Do not think that this would be an intervention. If a civil war breaks out in Thailand, the UN would have to step in anyway to solve problems and build reconciliation," Mr Surapong said.

On the talks between former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat and PDRC core member Luang Pu Buddha Issara, Mr Surapong said the CMPO had nothing to do with the move but viewed it as an attempt to find a way out of the conflict.

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Discussion 1 : 27/02/2014 at 01:53 AM
not parroting official spin This staement coming from you makes me laugh.
Discussion 2 : 27/02/2014 at 12:31 AM
Like I said before, a country is but one big family. When a member ventures to openly reach out for help, the same one has no doubt been openly counted in for the undeniable relation, but virtually treated as a complete outsider, having to go through round after round of unfair beating while the other members just "look on." More than anything else, a "solemn warning " from the strong brother to the aggressive one, would have ended this family feud!
Discussion 3 : 26/02/2014 at 08:04 PM
It has always been the democrats in power who have refused international help or any sort of presence, for example the 2010 situation. They do not want "observers" who might see what is really happening, not parroting official spin. So now, the government has nothing to hide but Suthep and his pdrc will never accept this. Beside that the modern democratic world is FOR elections, not against.
Discussion 4 : 26/02/2014 at 05:50 PM
Ah yes, this would be the same people whose leader said "the UN is not my father" while he extra-judicially killed thousands of "alleged" drug dealers. the double standards have us spinning like a top.
Discussion 5 : 26/02/2014 at 04:08 PM
At least nobody could now say that the government is not democratic. Compare to their opponents, they are trying everything to bring Thailand forward and peaceful live.
Discussion 6 : 26/02/2014 at 03:09 PM
I agree with Deputy Prime Minister Tovichakchaikul. The UN could assist in restoring peace to Thailand, and in overseeing new elections. Polling places should be controlled by the Thai military and the UN working together.
Discussion 7 : 26/02/2014 at 03:06 PM
PT: Ask for their opinion and how to solve the poblem. Then ignore everything that they said and do it their own way.
Discussion 8 : 26/02/2014 at 02:44 PM
If UN is unable to intermediate it successfully, military coup is the best choice to curb the protest ongoing. Military high ranking personnel are allowed form interim government to take control of the country. Arrangement of general election be engaged to all political parties to get involved to go for electoral election to form new civil govt. If not, this corrupt malefactor calls to get rid of corrupt govt. and undemocratic protesters fight for more and true democratic is totally inconsistent. Thailand won't be better after all these nonsensical protests.
Discussion 9 : 26/02/2014 at 02:33 PM
Instead to bother UN and highly honorable Mr. Ban Ki-moon, get rid of Thaksin influence and meddling in the caretaker PTP government and get rid of his sister as PM. Establish the Thai political system and forces Thaksin Free Zone. The unrest will stop within ONE single day. Got it?!
Discussion 10 : 26/02/2014 at 02:22 PM
They are trying . The PM yingluck is trying . Only suthep says no negotiation. Get rid of that extremist I say
Discussion 11 : 26/02/2014 at 02:16 PM
People keep talking about a Civil War. This won't happen in Thailand. If there is any fighting it will most likely be between the Army and Redshirts (or rather their armed foreign contingent). Thaksin can be expected to use all the muscle at his disposal to keep hold of his powerbase.
Discussion 12 : 26/02/2014 at 01:36 PM
This is Thailand. I get the feeling that if any UN involvement were to occur Thai power brokers and politicians would simply ignore the advise as has happened in the past. The UN could also be made a scapegoat. Thailand has gotten itself in a 'pickle'.
Discussion 13 : 26/02/2014 at 01:29 PM
Not in favor at all of this incompetent government but to be fair I think this is a good initiative. Just the fact that, as in the past, they dont want any intervention from outside, this does mean a step forward though not sure if the UN is the right institution but at least it means they looking further than their own borders.
Discussion 14 : 26/02/2014 at 12:57 PM
Thr UN is not your father, or big brother.

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