Former PM Somchai says reconciliation must involve amnesty

All sectors of the Thai society must get involved in the search for national reconciliation and there is no need for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to start the talks on reconciliation with fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat on Tuesday.

However, the brother-in-law of Thaksin pointed out that restoring reconciliation was not an impossible task provided that those in the power must be sincere about the matter.

The government, said Mr Somchai, must position itself in the middle with all sectors of the society taking part in the search for reconciliation.

He noted that amnesty should be an integral part of reconciliation as there were people who were imprisoned or punished for political offences.  “If reconciliation is to be realized, this (amnesty) has to be accepted,” he said.

Former Palang Prachachon party MP Suthin Klangsang, meanwhile, said that the powers-that-be now had no intention whatsoever to restore reconciliation, citing the criminal litigation being employed against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Mr Somchai.

He suggested Genera Prayut not to get too obsessed with all the legal cases still pending against or already resolved against Mr Thaksin as the reconciliation issue is far more than the Thaksin factor.