Mr. Ukrit said he agreed with the government’s plan to stage reconciliatory talks but suggested that an establishment of a council of senior advisers comprising political veterans such as General Prem Tinsulanonda should further help solve the political deadlock.
Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep earlier insisted that the government is not staging reconciliatory talks in a bid to divert pressure from demonstrating groups. He made known that all related ministries and political groups will be invited to participate in the reconciliatory forum in the wake of rallies held to oppose deliberation of an amnesty bill.
The date of the forum has not been determined.
Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema earlier said he is prepared to withdraw his amnesty bill provided that the bill is passed in the form of an executive decree. Mr Pongthep commented on the statement by saying that the forum is not held to alter the bill into an executive decree or to succumb to the demonstrators’ demand.