Suthep spurns talks with government

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has spurned the idea of a national government or the suggestion that a neutral person be brought in to mediate the ongoing conflict between the government and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Addressing the protesting audience at Pathumwan stage Friday night, PDRC secretary-general Suthep said it was pointless for him to talk with caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra again because he had already held talks with her once with the military top brass witnessing and he found out that the prime minister could not think by herself.

“I am not that crazy to talk with a puppet with someone pulling the strings from behind.  And me talking with Thaksin (fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra), he cannot enter the country because he is a fugitive and I cannot leave the country bedcause there are warrants for my arrest because I was charged with sedition and barred from leaving the country or I cannot get out of the great mass of the people,” said Suthep.

About the suggestion of a neutral person to mediate the conflict, the protest leader asked who that neutral person is who can be trusted or who can speak on behalf of Thaksin or on behalf of the great mass of the people.  “Even for me, I cannot speak on behalf of the people because I am just a medium of the people,” he said.

He told all the well wishers who have come up with several suggestions to resolve the political conflict to understand the facts about the conflict.  “We fight for the nation’s interests and not for our benefits.  If we are successful in our fight, then we all return home and there is no need for bargaining.  Simply said, let Yingluck go away and set up a people’s government and people’s assembly to draw up the reform blueprint which will take 12-18 months,” he said.

Suthep said the PDRC had resolved with determination that this would be a win or lose battle.  “If we lost, we all go to the jails.  But  if we won, our children grandchildren will have a future,” he told the crowd.