Abhisit to meet varied groups seeking way out of political crisis


BANGKOK, April 24 — Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would meet representatives from varied groups to find mutually agreeable solution to bringing the country out of its political crisis.

Mr Abhisit, on a four-minute video clip publicised on YouTube at 3pm Thursday, said the present political situation could not be left like this as it has affected the economy, leading to corruption, while the general public is stressed due to the violent conflicts.

He said this was not the time to quarrel or blame each other as everyone including the Democrat party were responsible in drawing the country into this position.

Mr Abhisit said he proposed a solution to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and anti government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, People’s Democratic Reform Committee secretary general as litigants to hold talks. However, he believed, there would be no talks as proposed.

The Democrat Party leader said that he decided to be part of the attempt to solve the crisis.

He said a general election is not a final answer to the problem, that counting the number of supporters, which group has more supporters, cannot not bring peace to the country. The Court verdict cannot say what direction the country should move. A coup is also no solution to regain peace.

Mr Abhisit said reform should be the answer. 

He said he would meet Permanent Secretary for Justice Kittipong Kittayarak tomorrow and Reform Now Network and to meet Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimapragornon Monday to discuss solutions for a way out of the crisis.    

The former prime minister also planned to meet Election Commission and representatives of the government, political parties and protest leaders.

He has asked for an opportunity to work in the mission to start national reform.