Thaksin urges Thai PM to pull back troops, restart talks

Thailand`s fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra called on the government to pull back troops.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 22:26 PM IST

Bangkok: Thailand`s fugitive ex-premier
Thaksin Shinawatra called on the government on Friday to pull back
troops and restart negotiations with his "Red Shirt"
supporters after deadly clashes in Bangkok.

"The government`s actions clearly constitute grave
infringement of human rights and criminal offences for which
the Prime Minister, the deputy Prime Minister and all
concerned must be responsible," Thaksin said in a statement
released by his legal adviser in Bangkok.

He urged Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to order
troops back to their barracks, revoke the state of emergency
in place in parts of the country and immediately reopen talks
with protesters to reach a peaceful solution.

He called on Abhisit to "negotiate with all sides in
the country to find an acceptable and genuine reconciliation
plan to establish true democracy and justice in Thailand and
move the country forward."

"I believe that (a) political solution still exists
for Thailand and the prime minister is able to prevent more
casualties and save our country," Thaksin said, after one
person died and 12 were injured in clashes on Friday.

"All this is dependent on his decision and he can
choose between violent means and peaceful means, or between
his position and the lives of innocent people," he added.

Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless military coup in
2006 and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a jail term for
corruption. Many Red Shirts seek the return of the former

Abhisit`s government has accused Thaksin of inciting
unrest in the capital from overseas.