New panel for reconciliation, reform

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has set up a new committe to oversee reconciliation and reform, Col Banpot Phunpian said on Tuesday.

Col Banpot, the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) spokesman, said it has been named the Committee for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR).

The CRR is under the supervision of the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence.  Members of the CRR will be representatives of relevant government agencies.  The committee is responsible for gathering opinions and suggestions from various agencies to further lay down a plan to promote national  reconciliation and reform.

The NPCO has also set up a working group for reform preparations.  It will be directly under the supervision of the CRR.

The working group for reform preparations will comprise representatives of military, police and civilian units, resourceful people and academics. It is responsible for compiling opinions on reform from resourceful people, political parties, academics, educational institutes and the general public. 

The planned working group to organise brainstorming sessions and collate information to be presented to a reform council has yet to be formed, he said.

Also to come under the CRR is the Reconciliation Centre for Reform (RCR), which was set up earlier under the directorship of Lt Gen Kampanart Ruddith, the assistant army chief-of-staff.

The RCR's responsibility has been amended to laying down guidelines for government agencies and concerned organisations, to create and promote a climate for reconciliation and the return of long-lasting happiness to the people, Col Banpot said.

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