Pheu Thai set to join unity talks

Pheu Thai set to join unity talks

The Pheu Thai Party yesterday agreed to send 10 party heavyweights to hold talks with a government committee on reconciliation next month.

The party met yesterday to select a delegation to join the reconciliation-building process and lay down the framework for the talks.

Following the two-hour meeting, Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai said the meeting with the government committee would take place on March 8 with him leading the delegation.

The nine other representatives are Bhokin Bhalakula, Chaturon Chaisang, Chusak Sirinil, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Pongthep Thepkanjana, Wirote Pao-in, Plodprasop Suraswadee, Wan Muhammad Noor Matha and Noppadon Pattama.

However, Mr Phumtham said the party had yet to discuss issues they intend raising with the government committee but he assured they would be ready in time.

He also urged the government to be open to differing views to ensure the unity forum was inclusive and would truly foster reconciliation efforts.

"The government should prove its sincerity and create an environment conducive to the talks. It must be open to differences in opinions in its conflict-resolution process," he said.

Mr Phumtham said the party representatives were divided into two groups -- one in charge of reconciliation and the other on other, related issues.

The committee on national reconciliation kicked off a forum on reconciliation with politicians on Feb 14, with a set of 10 topics for politicians to contribute ideas regarding how national unity can be achieved.

The topics also cover issues on national strategy and reform.

Mr Chusak, who was assigned to take charge of the reconciliation work, said the party's stance on reconciliation building was based on six principles including impartiality, independence and a fact-establishment process.

He said the participants of the unity forum should not be restricted to or prohibited from discussing controversial issues such as an amnesty plan because it would be a discouragement.

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