Surapong says Kofi Annan understands Thai political situation

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BANGKOK, 10 September 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovijakchaikul has revealed that former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan understands the Thai political situation and is willing to travel to Thailand to join in national reconciliation forums. 

According to Mr Surapong, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has met with Mr Annan who asked her about Thailand’s reconciliation process. The premier told the ex-UN chief that the government had arranged public hearings on the matter as well as forums on economic, social and political reforms. Ms Yingluck also explained the government’s campaign for an amnesty bill to Mr Annan.

The former UN secretary-general said reconciliation would take time and it would not happen if all sides held on to the past. He added that the government was already on the right track.