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Army chief calls for talks, coup could just increase violence because "many sides do not understand and oppose the army." 

Gen Prayuth Chao-ocha appears on the army-run Channel 5 television station for 10 minutes on Monday to make clear the army's stance on the political situation, calling for quick end to escalating violence (AP file photo)


Army chief says links to 2010 violence apparent


Wassana Nanuam

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday strongly urged all conflicting parties to end the political crisis through talks, and underlined the military' s desire to remain impartial.

After three bombings and other attacks over four days targetting the Pathumwan rally sites of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) - including the lethal attack on a rally at a market in Trat on Saturday and a fatal grenade explosion at Ratchaprasong on Sunday - the army leader appeared on the army-run television station to make his position clear.

''I strongly hope to see the problem resolved by peaceful means and to see no more conflict,'' Gen Prayuth said in a statement he read out on the television station.

''What will be urgently undertaken is to see that all sides hold talks' ' to prevent further violence that would severely damage the country, he added.

It was the first time the powerful national army commander-in-chief has taken a firm position since the  country showed signs of escalating into further political violence.

The situation over the past few days has led to speculation the army might once again roll out the tanks and step in, after standing back and allowing the police to ineffectively enforce the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order's (CMPO) efforts to ensure security.

Gen Prayuth made clear that the military option is not a solution to the crisis. It could be a setback as violence could increase if there was military intervention and the constitution could be torn down.

''If we use the wrong means, or the full use of military force, how can we ensure that the situation will end peacefully?'' he said.

''The army is never afraid of performing our duty but we are concerned about more losses and injuries to people because many sides do not understand and oppose the army,'' he added.

Hence the army, police and civil servants are not taking sides and the army will not sit idly and watching the attackers walk free.

He urged the caretaker government to quickly take action against those responsible for the attacks and warned that the present situation was more complicated than the protest rally by the red-shirts in 2010 because of the many factions involved.

Gen Prayuth said there is a link between the ongoing violence and the protest rally in 2010, adding that more evidence and information was being gathered to verify this.

The army chief did not elaborate on this comment. He was apparently referring to the men in black who launched lethal attacks on soldiers and supporters of the Democrat Party-led government at the time of the protests in 2010.

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apparent: clear; able to be seen or understood - ซึ่งเห็นได้ชัดว่า

apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

appear: to be seen - ปรากฏ

caretaker government: a temporary government that is in charge of a country until a new government is elected - รัฐบาลชั่วคราวที่ตั้งขึ้นเพื่อรอการเลือกตั้งครั้งใหม่

civil servants: people who work in the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action - ข้าราชการ

clear: easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน

commander-in-chief: someone in charge of the whole of the armed forces of a country - ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด

comment: expressing an opinion - แสดงความคิดเห็น

complicated: difficult to deal with, do or understand - ซับซ้อน

concern: a worry - ความกังวล

conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง

conflicting: having serious differences that cannot all be right at the same time - ที่ขัดแย้งกัน

constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

crisis: an urgent, difficult or dangerous situation - วิกฤตการณ์

crisis: an urgent, difficult or dangerous situation - วิกฤต

desire: a strong wish to have or do something - ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ

effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม

elaborate: to add more information to or explain something that you have said - อธิบายเพิ่มเติม

enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม

ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ

escalate: to become much more serious or much worse - ทำให้เพิ่มขึ้น, ทำให้มากขึ้น

evidence: facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true - หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง

explosion: a large, sudden or rapid increase in the amount or number of something - การระเบิด

faction: a small group within a larger group, consisting of people with different opinions or interests from the rest - ก๊ก ก๊วน กลุ่ม

firm: definite and not likely to change - แน่นอน, แน่วแน่

gather: to search for and find things that you need or want - รวบรวม

grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก

idly: doing nothing - อย่างขี้เกียจ

impartial: fair; not connected to or influenced by one particular person or group - เป็นกลาง ไม่เข้าข้างฝ่ายใด ยุติธรรม

ineffective: not working correctly or not doing what you want it to do - ซึ่งใช้การไม่ได้, ซึ่งไม่ได้ผล

intervention: a situation in which someone becomes involved in a particular issue, problem, etc., in order to influence what happens - การแทรกแซง

launch: starting something - การเริ่มต้น

lethal: very dangerous and able to kill you - เป็นอันตรายถึงชีวิต

link: a connection - การเชื่อมต่อ

means: methods; ways - วิธี, วิธีการ

military: connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร

national: for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ

ongoing: continuing - อย่างต่อเนื่อง

oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน

option: a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation - ทางเลือก

party: an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections - พรรค การเมือง

PDRC: People's Democratic Reform Committee, an anti-government protest group, headed by Suthep Thuagsuban - กปปส. คณะกรรมการประชาชนเพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงประเทศไทยให้เป็นประชาธิปไตยที่สมบูรณ์ อันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข.

peaceful: calm and quiet and not involving any violence - สงบ, ซึ่งมีระเบียบ, เงียบสงบ

perform a duty: to do what your job requires - ปฏิบัติหน้าที่

position: stance; an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน

powerful: being able to control and influence people and events - ที่มีอิทธิพล

present: this time, happening now, happening currently - ปัจจุบันนี้

prevent: to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง

protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง

rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม

refer: to mention someone or something - อ้างถึง, อ้างอิง

resolve: to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it - แก้ไขปัญหา

responsible for: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ

security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย

setback: something that happens which delays or prevents a process from advancing - การหยุดยั้งการก้าวหน้า,ความล้มเหลว,การถอยหลัง

side: team; one of the two or more people or groups taking part in a competition, argument, war, etc - ทีม, ฝ่าย, พรรค

sign: something that shows that something else exists or is happening - สัญลักษณ์, เครื่องหมาย

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์

solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

speculation: ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information - การคาดการณ์

stance: an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน

statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง

take action: to do something for a particular purpose or in order to deal with a situation - จัดการ, ดำเนินการ, ปฏิบัติ

take sides: to express support for somebody in a disagreement - เข้าข้างฝ่ายใดฝ่ายหนึ่ง

talks: negotiations; when two sides that disagree get together and "talk" to reach some agreement - การเจรจา, การเจรจาต่อรอง

underline: to show clearly that something is important or true - เน้น ย้ำความสำคัญ

undertake: to do - เข้าทำ, ดำเนินการ

urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น

urgently: needing to be dealt with immediately - อย่างเร่งด่วน

verify: to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง

violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

warn: to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน

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