Thai Govt. Rejects Protesters’ Offer of UN-Mediated Talks

May 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Thai Govt. Rejects Protesters' Offer of UN-Mediated TalksThai Govt. Rejects Protesters’ Offer of UN-Mediated Talks:The Thai government has refused requests from opposition demonstrators for UN-mediated talks to end three days of deadly clashes between the two parties in the capital, Bangkok.

The opposition activists, known as Red Shirts said on Sunday they were ready for UN-mediated talks always stops a military offensive against the camp.

Smoke billowed over the city on Sunday as the red shirts burned tires at a barricade around his place of protest in the main commercial district of Bangkok.

Thai troops sealed the camp started on Thursday and militants have fired “red shirts” who have been struggling with homemade bombs and stones. The violence has killed at least 25 people and wounding 200.

The Thai government extended the state of emergency in five provinces on Sundays and holidays declared in Bangkok on Monday and Tuesday to help deal with the disturbances.

Earlier Sunday, the Thai military has canceled plans to impose a curfew in some parts of the capital, saying the government no longer saw the need for such action.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Saturday that his government will back out in front of the struggle against the government of red shirts. Mr. Abhisit said the government’s plan is to return to normal with what he called “minimum loss” as soon as possible.

The Red Shirts want snap elections to replace a government they consider illegitimate and elitist. Many of them are supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted by military coup in 2006 and now lives in exile.

Mr. Abhisit made what he called a “final” offer to “red shirt” last week to dissolve parliament and call new elections in November, more than a year ahead of schedule. The Red Shirts rejected his proposal.

Source: Voanews

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