parties involved in the current political conflict should help
each other defuse the crisis in the best interests of the country,
said Privy Council chairman Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday.
Prem made the appeal at his Si Sao Theves residence on the eve
of caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's first scheduled
appearance at Government House since demonstrators massed at the
seat of power on Monday.
concerned with the situation are grown-up, knowledgeable people
who mean well for the country. I ask all sides to think and act
in the best interests of our country and people,'' Gen Prem said.
happiness and national unity were most important. ''I ask you
to take this message to those who may help defuse the situation.
(They) should put the people's happiness and unity first and should
think of what they should do to defuse the situation. I hope they
It marked the first time that Gen Prem had spoken since political
tensions rose. A source close to him said he might be sending
a signal that he was ready to mediate in talks.
spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said the government would take
to heart Gen Prem's call. Caretaker Public Health Minister Phinij
Jarusombat wanted to get all the parties involved together for
he reiterated the government's stand against broadcasting such
talks, saying the participants would then be more focused on the
audience rather than on finding solutions.
Councillor Surayud Chulanont said talks were the best way out
of the current impasse.
talks can solve the problem and I will keep pushing for this solution
although it may upset some parties. I don't mind that. I am not
afraid of losing any credit,'' Gen Surayud said.