Yingluck still willing to talk

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has repeated her insistence that her government is willing to negotiate with opponents to end the crisis.

"Our door is still open," Ms Yingluck said in an interview with a small group of foreign journalists on Saturday.

She also ruled out a political comeback for her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been the object of most of the protesters' anger.

"Right now, I don't think he wants to continue with politics. He would like to see fairness to everyone to make sure that we can work together and find a long-term solution for Thailand," she said.

"My family doesn't want to hold power for our family. Any option for the majority, for peace, to move Thailand forward as a democracy, we will take it.

"I can tell you right now, we do not want to be any obstruction to peace in this country. We want a solution for everyone."

The premier made the comments as protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban prepared his followers for what he said would be a final attempt on Monday to topple the Pheu Thai government.

Ms Yingluck said she did not want to cling to power. "We don't have any resistance about resigning or dissolving Parliament," she said.

Such steps, however, can occur only if all parties agree, and new elections are held, she added.

Mr Suthep has said that the premier's resignation would not be enough to end the crisis. He has also rejected any new election because he knows the opposition would likely be soundly defeated.

Ms Yingluck also said the contentious amnesty bill, which critics said was a blatant move to allow Thaksin to return to Thailand, was gone for good.

"We won't bring the amnesty bill back again," she said. "If we don't commit to what we say, then people will not accept us anymore."

However, the protesters' vague demands for the formation of a "people's council" in place of her government were unfeasible, she added.

"I don't know how we can meet the request of the protesters because it's not under the constitution, it's not under democracy," she said. "I don't know how we can move Thailand forward with this. It would not be accepted internationally."

She said the government had asked military leaders to sit in on recent talks between herself and Mr Suthep but their role was "just listening", not mediation, and the dialogue was not a negotiation.

Discussing the government's approach to the planned marches on Monday, she said: "We will do the best to protect Government House in a peaceful manner. Having said that, we will not swap the protection of Government House with the loss of blood."

Authorities on Saturday began rebuilding barricades around key state buildings ahead of Monday's marches.

After clashes last week, during which riot police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets against stone-throwing demonstrators, the government ordered police to ease tensions by taking down barriers around key buildings including Government House.

"Police will erect barricades, especially around Government House and Parliament," said Paradorn Pattnatabut, chief of the National Security Council.

Although the protests are "losing momentum", he said thousands of police would still be deployed on Monday.

"I am confident that there will be no violent incidents on Monday," he said, expressing hope the five week standoff could still be resolved through negotiation.

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Discussion 1 : 09/12/2013 at 10:10 AM
I don’t care of the Thaksin family. I support democracy. Currently, Yinluck defends very bravely the democracy. She is even one of the rare to do it. Moreover, she makes it by trying to avoid the violent confrontations, by letting the insurgents enter in public buildings what is a proof of its peace will, she ask always for discussions and she is ok to resign, to be not candidate one more time and to keep out of the power the Thaksin family. All this, for peace and reconciliation but with the condition that the majority of Thai people have the last word, that is to say in order to keep a democratic system. Bravo lady Yinluck.
Discussion 2 : 08/12/2013 at 09:14 PM
Come on, at least be a bit realistic. She does not make 1 decision by herself. If you think the PTP is the answer to Thailands problems, that's your good right, I guess, but you should change your line to "I have a deep respect for Thaksin.....". YS does absolutely NOTHING but going on holidays and repeat whatever Thaksin spoke into his dictaphone. At least recognize the facts that are in your face. She might as well have been a laptop with an open Skype connection to Dubai.
Discussion 3 : 08/12/2013 at 08:31 PM
100% agree, commee. Elections are the way to go. But this government is not playing by the rules. The current protesters (not all of which are dems) feel they've gone too far. Kinda hard to argue with.
Discussion 4 : 08/12/2013 at 03:47 PM
@Tcr the problem with the DEM is leaders, that they can not handle the truth Democracy elected.The only way they seeing is to starting out street protesting. And if they are able to obtain illegal power it won’t last very long either. The safe and peaceful way is when it comes time to vote, just simply do the easy thing, and vote them.
Discussion 5 : 08/12/2013 at 02:49 PM
The amnesty bill has been laid to rest for the wrong reasons. I personally approve of an amnesty bill that will grant amnesty to the people that participated in demonstrations and confrontations from 2006 to today. However, I would exclude high ranking party members or people that held offices with authority. The reason is simple; without amnesty there will be no justice. People have been put in prison, but these people are the ones that had been at the end of the strings pulled by others.
Discussion 6 : 08/12/2013 at 01:50 PM
tcr - The Amnesty Bill was a bad idea, but its dead and irrelevant at this point. Not worthing raising since its dead. Of more relevance, the PTP government has shown remarkable restraint with the protestors. More important, the protestors are pressing for a non-democractic regime, and that is contrary to Art. 7 of the Thai Constitution.
Discussion 7 : 08/12/2013 at 01:21 PM
The current government's track record of telling the truth is pretty poor. Hard for anyone to believe them now.
Discussion 8 : 08/12/2013 at 01:21 PM
This would have been avoided if she hadn't let her government ramrod the amnesty bill through. Another example is the current (sham) of community meetings to discuss water management. Plenty of Thai's have reason not to believe what she says.
Discussion 9 : 08/12/2013 at 12:30 PM
Fungus - A minority party can not "check & balance" a majority party no matter how robust they are, if the majority party refuses to join in dialogue AND compromise. The real problem of the past 13 years has been Thaksin's belief that he is the only person that knows what is best for Thailand.
Discussion 10 : 08/12/2013 at 12:30 PM
Oh how I wish to believe her for the sake of Thailand but she, her ministers, her family circle and especially her big brother simply cannot be trusted. Words are easy to say but actions will prove whether she is the gracious lady she seeks to portray or the cloned TS (his claim). She cannot have it b oth ways.
Discussion 11 : 08/12/2013 at 12:17 PM
No doubt only a small group of foreign journalists would swallow this story.
Discussion 12 : 08/12/2013 at 10:57 AM
The only thing she protect is the Shinawatra family and their intrests. Ordinary people, she protects not.
Discussion 13 : 08/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
Please don't make a fool of yourself!
Discussion 14 : 08/12/2013 at 09:58 AM
"She said the government had asked military leaders to sit in on recent talks between herself and Mr Suthep but their role was "just listening", not mediation....." PM is right. The political conflict is between the government and anti-government elements. The military had better keep quite.
Discussion 15 : 08/12/2013 at 09:28 AM
So who are the people in masses on the street with no weapons and no funding demonstrating for fairness, when who you call the poor who are armed and funded all and for 1 guy who had it all and wants more, so where is the future for you and the everyone else in a scenario like that ?
Discussion 16 : 08/12/2013 at 09:25 AM
I would love to believe everything she is saying here, but how many times have people in the government made promises and shown soon after that they had no intention of keeping their word? How many times has Thaksin, for example, said publicly that he has washed his hands of politics? Take the Amnesty Bill, as another example. When you lie once or break a promise once, people have trouble believing you anymore, and this has become the government's nemesis.
Discussion 17 : 08/12/2013 at 09:20 AM
the only option for yingluck and her hideous regime and her brutal police force is to step down,they the anti government were tricked into a false situation,to be discredited,by being allowed,without any resistance suspiciously,now to some,the good guys look bad,end the charade and mockery towards the society
Discussion 18 : 08/12/2013 at 09:03 AM
I have a very deep respect for this woman who does her best to protect the country, to keep the peace and the democracy. I thank her and I know that the history will give her justice by presenting her as a great lady.
Discussion 19 : 08/12/2013 at 09:02 AM
There may be some strategy here. Imagine Suthep surrenders to police and is held in jail. A perfect martyr for the Thai people to contrast to Taksin who ran away. What a burning fuse this would make and a great rallying point. We have hero vs coward, knight vs.corruption. Real medieval stuff. 'The man who faced justice.'As long as Suthep remained in jail Taksin would not dare return. Not only that but certain red shirts would need to reconsider their positions.
Discussion 20 : 08/12/2013 at 09:01 AM
If Yingluck truly wants to prove that the government is strong and working for ALL the people of Thailand and that her brother wants the best for the country, then the answer is simple. Issue a warrant through Interpol for the arrest and return to Thailand of your brother Thaksin to face trial in the courts. Do that and show your independence of him and YOU will find many more people will approve of you. The fact that it won't happen shows whay kind of a PM you are. All for the family and nothing for the country.
Discussion 21 : 08/12/2013 at 05:08 AM
Well said!!!
Discussion 22 : 08/12/2013 at 05:01 AM
Thanks foe leaving the door open YS, here I come.
Discussion 23 : 08/12/2013 at 05:00 AM
Yingluck should admet and tell the foreign media that it's WRONG to break the rule of law by passing the bill of amnesty and refused the constitution court judgement. Now her government is no more qualified for the country because her contentious decision to continue has caused five deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Discussion 24 : 08/12/2013 at 04:35 AM
Logically, the majority (poor as you said) should express their disgreements on the street too ( if they' re really majority ) Where're they? The protestors speak Thai on the street , on tv , press and radio( if you don't notice). Now the(really) poor farmers plead for the money that the government promise for rice mortgage scheme which should have been paid long ago . I think many "poor as you said" people've joined the majority people on the street because they're capable enough to know that they were cheated.
Discussion 25 : 08/12/2013 at 03:42 AM
A 'political comeback' just means he wont stand for election. Nobody and nothing can stop anybody from influencing political parties behind the scenes, who really controls the Democrat Party?
Discussion 26 : 08/12/2013 at 03:24 AM
In Asia, Thailand is considered an averagely poor country. All politicians must have a heart to admit it. What they really should do for the people is to bring wealth to this country and improve their living standard. is most important. Weak government cannot do good to its country. More demos of crazy for power will definitely destroy Thai's economy. Protest should not be encouraged. Both government and opposition should work together is the right way to apply in democratic system.
Discussion 27 : 08/12/2013 at 03:03 AM
I think that most people who comments on this article represent such a small group of people that make up less then 10 % of the Thai people. And that nearly 80% of the rest of the Thai people who cannot read and write english that strongly disagree with these people are not here to state their supports for the government. I'm taking about the poor people who have a voice and who is capable enough to know what is going on. So tragic that the majority are the poor and minority are the rich. Just because YIngluck and Thaksin got love from the poor does not mean that everything they do is corrupt. Maybe the opposition just not as capable.
Discussion 28 : 08/12/2013 at 02:54 AM
So if amnesty is off the table, is jail-time for Thaksin back on the table?
Discussion 29 : 08/12/2013 at 02:49 AM
To be fair, Yingluck has shown a lot of dignity during this crisis. The other guy, standing on a podium, shouting and waving his arms about asking for people to invade gov buildings and 'fight'...doesn't look good. Does it?
Discussion 30 : 08/12/2013 at 02:12 AM
She has served her purpose and duty to her brother, but was caught with her hands in the cookie jar of amnesty. Now she says she will not do it again and her only concern is for the unity and peace for Thailand. She won't quit her job and retire to family business until Thaksin tells her to do so. 18 more months until elections and the game of politics continues.
Discussion 31 : 08/12/2013 at 01:29 AM
The main problem with Thailand's fragile democracy for the past 13 years has been the TOTAL lack of a robust and competent opposition party to check and balance the power of Thaksin aligned parties. How can a parliamentary model of government function as intended if there is no functioning opposition. Many criticisms of PT are valid, but why are the democrats never held to task for being so weak and ineffective? If they were on their game we would not be in this mess.
Discussion 32 : 08/12/2013 at 12:59 AM
Ms. Yingluck said she did not want to cling to power. "We don't have any resistance about resigning or dissolving Parliament." That's such a crass comment, what's she doing right now if not clinging to power and buying time, in the hope that the situation would get better? There would be less political conflicts if the Shinawatra quit getting involved in Thai politics all together; so perhaps for the sake of the country, she should resign, dissolve the parliament and not running again.
Discussion 33 : 08/12/2013 at 12:58 AM
"We won't bring the amnesty bill back again," she said. "If we don't commit to what we say, then people will not accept us anymore." - Well, people do not accept your words now because of that crafty amnesty bill, that is why there are so many protesters. Promise of no more amnesty is not enough because the whole family has done enough double talks in the last seven years. No one will ever believe that the brother never manage Thailand via Yingluck.
Discussion 34 : 08/12/2013 at 12:46 AM
Methinks Thaksin is suffering from negative cashflow. This can be seen by the numbers of Redshirts that realize they need to take care of house and home. PT is floundering and the Thai people will prevail.
Discussion 35 : 08/12/2013 at 12:28 AM
I am confused by the Khun Yingluck comment that she "ruled out a political comeback for her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra". He may have left the country but he is admittedly Thailand's de-facto PM. So there is no "comeback" necessary since he never gave up control while abroad. All things considered, whether ones likes it or not he still holds most of the power. Her words aren't very reassuring.
Discussion 36 : 07/12/2013 at 11:40 PM
The best way for Ms. PM to move Thailand forward toward democracy is to leave, just leave. Don't worry about the vacuum of power or anything. Just pack your bags and go. You've got enough money, haven't you? Thailand and YOU have had democracy but you just abused it to the extreme. YOU destroyed it. YOU turned it into dictatorial democracy. Look, what caused the crisis? Why you adamantly introduced the Amnesty Bill in the first place? Why YOU and your PT's MPs declared not to accept the verdicts of the Constitution Court. Now you have no business talking about the democracy or the Constitution. You are now the illegitimate Gov't. Just leave!
Discussion 37 : 07/12/2013 at 11:15 PM
She will only be returned to power if an election is held, if they go with big money bags AGAIN up to pay rice farmers. BKK and the south did not vote for her and were not paid the way esarn was.
Discussion 38 : 07/12/2013 at 11:11 PM
A few years ago we had a prime minister who loved to say 'no problem' now we have a puppet prime minister who loves to say 'I don't know'. She looks silly in repeating this, had ample time to get orders from her big brother, so why still 'I don't know' or does it mean 'I don't care and don't give a shit neither, as we have been elected we just do what we want without caring about others.
Discussion 39 : 07/12/2013 at 10:48 PM
As here opponent have said that he will overthrow the government on Monday she just have to wait and plays the card statesmanlike to stick out as the disinterested promoter of the public good.
Discussion 40 : 07/12/2013 at 09:47 PM
Why is Yingluck not spending this precious time with the people and the citizens that elected her and her moron mob. How this person can claim to be the leader of Thailand is beyond words. BTW mz PM we don't care what your family wants for Thailand, in fact what your family has done and is doing to this country is the total reason for today's crisis.
Discussion 41 : 07/12/2013 at 09:40 PM
She talks to foreigners face to face but to Thais only via Facebook- She said TS thinks he does not want to continue?. Last week he fired one of her Ministers.
Discussion 42 : 07/12/2013 at 09:06 PM
Why is Yingluck spending all her time making 'statements' to foreign press ?. This whole affair is like children in a kindergarden - it's sad that Thailand exists on such a low intellectual level.
Discussion 43 : 07/12/2013 at 09:03 PM
A leader has to have a solution. If PM Yingluck has only the way to open the door she must leave a.s.a.p,
Discussion 44 : 07/12/2013 at 08:33 PM
Let's hope she keeps her promise and calls an election. And I wouldn't be too sure about the result!
Discussion 45 : 07/12/2013 at 08:01 PM
Yes, the door is still open. Open to her darling big brother.
Discussion 46 : 07/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
An experienced political heavyweight like Suthep should know when the outcome of an action is maxed out, the battle is won and let the rest play out itself. Just take a step back and enjoy the nationwide credit being showered over you... PT would be pretty beat up if he didn't act like he did. They were losing support by the tens of thousands before he started pushing his luck. He could have been home right now, with Thaksin applying for UAE citizenship. And now PT suddenly is the voice of reason in this whole affair. Go figure...
Discussion 47 : 07/12/2013 at 07:46 PM
Should Suthep be victorious I may someday in the future look back at a time when Spiderman visited a Bangkok demonstration, and Homer Simpson told the public that Suthep was sick and needed to see a doctor, and Hello Kitty talked about an 'open door', and Darth Vader skyped evil instructions from Far Away, and The Three Stooges had a TV program on channel 11....and I will not be nostalgic.
Discussion 48 : 07/12/2013 at 07:45 PM
Ms. Yingluck still playing it smart, doesn't need to worry if she is forced to dissolve parliament because she will be returned to power if an election is held. And that is a well known fact!
Discussion 49 : 07/12/2013 at 07:15 PM
Lies lies and more lies…False Negotiation offer while Surapong and your brothers police chiefs are trying every unconstitutional means to stifle the voice of the opposition?? While you allow a red TV show on a government channel to camouflage the truth???
Discussion 50 : 07/12/2013 at 07:11 PM
Why doesn't she just walk up to the protesters and talk to them?
Discussion 51 : 07/12/2013 at 07:07 PM
Nothing to negotiate ... PTP do not listen to anyone but Thaksin anyone else and anything else is irrelevant The Amnesty attempt to whitewash his record speaks volumes Who would trust PTP now? no one ...
Discussion 52 : 07/12/2013 at 07:06 PM
Maybe he would actually like to negotiate. But negotiate what, and with whom? With PTP? IMO, they are not ready nor willing to make ANY compromise! Because Thaksin has told them not to! Final! So? Any solution for Thailand as long as Thaksin is still around? I'm afraid not!
Discussion 53 : 07/12/2013 at 07:06 PM
“Our door is still open”, correct. It’s time to close the door for “advise” from the fugitive criminal. As long as criminals rule this country it won’t improve.
Discussion 54 : 07/12/2013 at 07:03 PM
How stupid does Yingluck think people are ?. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Suthep is far too savvy to fall for any more decoys from Thaksin.
Discussion 55 : 07/12/2013 at 06:59 PM
Yingluck: 'Door still open': good then, hurry, get out, quick! LOL
Discussion 56 : 07/12/2013 at 06:53 PM
And does not have to work either... just be middle-aged cute for the cameras.
Discussion 57 : 07/12/2013 at 06:44 PM
Madame PM. you truly think the foreign journalist are as gullible as the red villagers?? Your offer is a big lie, a cynical diversion ….You don't want to talk, you only want to force and impose…Look at the actions of Surapong, your devoted DSI chief and your brothers police chiefs….they are the opposite of peace...
Discussion 58 : 07/12/2013 at 06:37 PM
Stop your hypocrisy madame PM !! Talking negotiation with a snake tongue while Surapong, the henchman of your brother, is waging a destructive dictatorial war against freedom of expression….
Discussion 59 : 07/12/2013 at 06:24 PM
If Suthep would agrees to negotiate he would recover some of his loss of face, but he is either too stubborn or too addled to understand this.
Discussion 60 : 07/12/2013 at 06:02 PM
She doesn't want to cling to power? What a line of bull. This woman would chain herself to the door before she would give up her office. After all she is getting to travel the world for free. We all know how much people like free.
Discussion 61 : 07/12/2013 at 05:52 PM
Is this purported offer like the manner in which PT has tried to stuff their flood management plan, blanket amnesty plan and senate election change down the citizens throats? All know that they are going to listen to no one but their Sandman in Dubai. Enough of this clown and puppet show.

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