Thai PM dismisses offer by anti-government protesters

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has ruled out a compromise offer by anti-government protest leaders for parliament to be dissolved with elections to be held in 90 days.

Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva

In a televised address Sunday, with army chief General Anupong Paochinda at his side, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dismissed the offer by the anti-government protesters.

Mr. Abhisit said the government stood by an offer made during earlier talks with the anti-government United Democratic Front against Dictatorship for the house to be dissolved within the next nine months.

In reaction, the UDD maintained an earlier call for parliament to be dissolved immediately. The UDD also withdrew from any further negotiations with the government.
UDD leaders have repeatedly warned supporters rallying in central Bangkok’s retail and business area of the threat of a new government crackdown.

General Anupong said a crackdown was not expected to solve the current problems, which, he said, called for a political solution.

Source Voice of America

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