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    Chamlong: PAD had talks with Government

    Chamlong: PAD had talks with Government

    (BangkokPost.com) - One of the five People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leaders, Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang, on Monday admitted that the anti-government group had talks with the Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.

    Maj Gen Chamlong said the negotiations to end the political row with Gen Chavalit went well, and there are chances that more talks between the government and the PAD will happen.

    However, the PAD core member said issues such as the removal of PAD supporters at Government House and Prime Minister and Defence Minister Somchai Wongsawat’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives have yet to be discussed.

    The PAD was not involved with crowds of people who jeered at Prime Minister and Defence Minister Somchai Wongsawat in different places, Maj Gen Chamlong said, adding that people have the right to do so because they could be unhappy with the politicians who abuse their authority and damage the country.

    On Sunday, a group of people booed at the premier while he was helping former governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) Prapat Chongsanguan campaigning at Siam Paragon prior to the Bangkok governor election on October 5.

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    Re: Chamlong: PAD had talks with Government

    Chamlong meets 'sweet talker'
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    Chamlong Srimuang, co-leader of the anti-establishment People's Alliance for Democracy, said yesterday he had spoken briefly with Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh as the government began peace talks.

    Chamlong said that in the negotiations with the administration, the PAD will have no single leader representing its side, and decisions by the PAD leadership will only be made after they hold a meeting.

    He praised Chavalit for being "a sweet talker" and "caring" person and asking how he was doing.

    But the protesters have no immediate plans to vacate Government House.

    He also defended PAD supporters who heckled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat as being "non-violent". Their reactions were an inevitable result of the new government not caring about the greater interest when filling the Cabinet, he said.

    "It's as if there're no citizens in this country," he said in reference to the PAD's discontent with the new Cabinet.

    And so protests will continue and "know no end", he said.

    Piphob Thongchai, another co-leader, reiterated during the PAD's daily-morning press conference at the PAD-occupied Government House that the group will not go along with the initiative from 24 university rectors to have the government set up an independent political reform committee.

    It's too convenient and the government lacks legitimacy, he said.

    If the university heads want to make any proposal towards political reform, they could have done it themselves, given the resources and manpower at their disposal, he said.

    If such a committee is set up, with a working mandate of 120 days, it might not last long enough to complete its work, as the government is likely to fall before 120 days, he said.

    Chavalit told the media that he believes negotiations with the PAD were not difficult and would be successful.

    He said the task is "simple" and both parties speak the same language.

    Chavalit, who had to step aside as premier after the Asian financial crisis broke out in 1997, said he accepted the invitation to join the new Cabinet because he wants to help "save the country".

    "I have been serving the country on several occasions and the country has thrived. However, I'm rather worried about the present situation and so we all must pitch in," he said.

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    Re: Chamlong: PAD had talks with Government

    In the west "a sweet talker" is not to be trusted.

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