PM willing to talk to Suthep under constitutional framework

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BANGKOK, 27 February 2014  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has affirmed she is open to negotiations with Secretary-General of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Suthep Thaugsuban as long as he complies with the Constitution. 

Following Mr Suthep’s challenge for Ms Yingluck to join him in a televised one-on-one negotiation, the Prime Minister has expressed her willingness to show up for the occasion. Nonetheless, she stressed that the discussion must have a clear direction and adhere to the framework of the charter.

If the protest leader’s demands were beyond her constitutional power, the premier said a team of experts must also be present in order to help suggest useful ideas for the benefit of the whole country. As for her demands, she reiterated that Mr Suthep must end the protests and allow the election process to move forward.

Regarding a plan of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) to invite the United Nations to help find solutions for Thailand, Ms Yingluck insisted she was looking forward to hearing the advice although she believed Thai people would eventually need to solve the political problems by themselves.