Thaksin’s aide seeks US help in Washington

Updated On: Jun 30, 2010

Noppadon Pattama, a former foreign minister and a legal adviser to Mr. Thaksin, visited Washington DC to seek the United States’ help for the political turmoil in Thailand. His mission comes two weeks after Prime Minister Abhisit dispatched a special envoy, Kiat Sittheeamorn, to Washington to explain the government’s reconciliation roadmap to President Barack Obama’s administration and lawmakers. While Mr. Kiat said earlier that any US mediation in the situation may “complicate the issue even further,” Mr. Noppadon urged for US role in the conflict.

Mr. Noppadon said in an AFP interview on June 29, “we hope that the US administration will be more engaged about the situation in Thailand. They can use diplomatic channels to encourage the government to look at our proposal. It doesn't mean they interfere with Thai politics. You can give friendly advice to your friend.”  

Mr. Noppadon said that he would meet with the staff members at the Congress, but declined to specify who they would be, since it could lead to repercussions.

Thaksin aide seeks US role in Thailand [Channel News Asia, 30 June 2010]

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