Minister Surapong confirms Blair's attendance in Sep

Friday, 30 August 2013 By  NNT

BANGKOK, 28 August 2013 Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul confirmed former British prime minister Tony Blair’s attendance at next month’s political forum in Thailand, despite recent protest over his visit.

Mr Surapong said Thailand can benefit from the forum which is being held to provide insights from other world leaders who have been involved in peace dialogues in other regions. He insisted the forum is part of a solution to the ongoing political turmoil.

Apart from Mr Blair, 11 other world politicians including former President of Finland Marti Ahtisaari and expert on truth commissions and transitional justice Priscilla Hayner are set to deliver keynote remarks at the event.

Protesters had told the press that they do not agree with the government’s plan to pay Mr Blair 20 million baht to speak at the upcoming forum. The government has so far denied the protesters’ claim.

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  • Comment Link Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:46 posted by john klinrak

    Tony Blair is a War Criminal. Why would any serious Thai politician want to be associated with him ? He is the peace envoy to the Middle East and look at what is happening there. Tony Blair is a puppet of the privately owned banks and Israel.

  • Comment Link Friday, 30 August 2013 16:48 posted by Pete

    Blair has never been involved in peace dialogues he is a lying murdering war criminal

  • Comment Link Friday, 30 August 2013 14:31 posted by John Dawe

    Please do not waste your money on this evil warmonger. His advice will only be to line his own pockets in some way