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Key players shun amnesty talk

Charoen meet falters as guest list falls by half

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Almost half of the groups invited to Monday's talk on a possible amnesty for political offenders have pulled out after questioning the motives of the dialogue. 

The chances of the talk yielding results look increasingly bleak following their withdrawal.

The talk, hosted by deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomol, follows an unprecedented meeting between leaders of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and anti-Thaksin People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Feb 7 to discuss the issue of an amnesty.

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