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Yellow Shirts to PM: Too late to talk

BANGKOK, Jan 28 – As Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he
planned to talk with Thailand’s yellow-clad People’s Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) on the Thai-Cambodian border dispute, key protest
leaders on Friday said it is too late for the talks and that the
movement will seek a consensus of its members to intensify its
anti-government campaign this weekend.

PAD key leader Chamlong Srimuang reasserted the group’s stance as they
continued their rally outside Government House on the fourth day.

The prime minister said prior to his departure to attend the World
Economic Forum in Switzerland that concerned officials were scheduling
talks between his government and the Yellow

Shirt leaders to find mutual understanding on the Thai-Cambodian border dispute after he comes back from the overseas trip.

But Gen Chamlong said it was already too late and that the prime
minister should spend his time to solve the ongoing problem rather than
holding the talks.

PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongphan said more protesters upcountry are
expected to join the yellow-shirted rally during the weekend. He urged
the government to respond to the PAD’s three demands unconditionally
and speed up help for two Thais remaining in Cambodia to fight illegal
entry and espionage charges.

Thailand Patriots Network coordinator Veera Somkwamkid is the sole Thai
detained at Cambodian’s Prey Sar Prison to fight charges of illegal
entry and spying.

Mr Veera’s secretary Ratree Pipattanapaiboon also faces the same
charges but was released on bail and is staying at the Thai embassy in
Phnom Penh.

Seven Thais including Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth were arrested Dec
29 on charges of trespassing on Cambodian territory. Five have been
released and returned to Thailand after receiving suspended jail term
verdict from Cambodian court.

Another PAD leading member Prapan Koonmee said Friday he will propose
the PAD leader meeting this weekend to seek the protesters’ consensus
to intensify the anti-government campaign as the premier and his
government did not listen to the public.

The protest leader earlier threatened to prolong the demonstration
against the Abhisit administration if their three demands are not met.

They demanded that the government withdraw Thailand from the UNESCO)’s
World Heritage Committee, revoke the 2000 MoU signed with Cambodia and
push Cambodians now living in border areas which they claim belong to
Thailand back to their homeland.

The prime minister however ignored their requests, saying the
revocation of 2000 MoU will make Thailand lose territory to the
neighbouring country. (MCOT online news)

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