DESPITE People’s Party protesters having firmly rejected any participation in a reconciliation committee Parliament is moving to set up Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (Nov. 5) that he is hopeful they will one day accept it, Thai Rath newspaper reported.
Speaking to reporters at 10 a.m. within Government House complex Gen. Prawit said the move by Parliament President Chuan Leekpai to invite four former prime ministers to join this committee is a parliamentary matter to proceed with while he does not think the protesters’ rejection will have an impact.
Asked again whether this committee could move ahead, Gen. Prawit answered that it all depends on how the Parliament considers the matter and whether the government supports this reconciliation effort or not is also an issue for Chuan to handle as Parliament President.
Asked yet again whether the committee would be able to proceed even though the protesters are not joining in, Gen. Prawit replied, “if it does not move ahead, where would it move to? So it would have to move forward and wait for time to pass, one day they will accept it.”
Top: Gen. Prawit talking to reporters at Government House this morning. Photo: Thai Rath