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Surapong, officials clash over UN issue

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Senior Foreign Ministry officials have confirmed they never supported caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul’s decision to invite the United Nations to Thailand. 

The officials’ statement came a day after Mr Surapong said the invitation to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon was for him to share the UN’s experience of resolving political conflicts similar to Thailand’s, not to broker talks between conflicting political parties.

However, sources who attended a meeting with the minister on Friday said Mr Surapong admitted he took a different view from ministry staff, who said the invitation was a bad idea. Mr Surapong maintained the invitation was intended as a gesture of goodwill for the country.

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