NSC chief believes protest ambience will improve positively


BANGKOK, Dec 15 – National Security Council (NSC) chief said he believed the protest ambience will improve for the better, changing from confrontation to discussions and exchanging views.

Paradorn Pattanatabut, Secretary General of the National Security Council, spoke of the government’s political reform forum on ‘Where is our Thailand heading?’, held today and led by PM’s Office Permanent Secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center that information and views exchanged and to be concluded today will be beneficial and later sent to the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Suthep Thaugsuban for further consideration.

Lt Gen Paradorn said he viewed violent situations that have been concerns of all parties will change to a positive direction, as several parties changed from confrontation to discussions at forums, while a general election is to be held next year on Feb 2.

The Government’s political reform forum kicked off at 9:30am this morning and is expected to end at 4pm. Representatives from many organisations are participating, including the private sector, academics, civil servants, politicians, and some protesters, except those from the PDRC and the Democrat Party. The main question of the forum today is whether the general election on February 2 should come before political reform or that the reform should come before the election as proposed by the PDRC.


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