International intervention in Thailand

Updated On: May 04, 2010

Thailand has warned the international community against meddling with its affairs relating to the ‘red shirt’ protests. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said the Thai government was "in control" of the situation and did not need foreign assistance.

Recently the ‘red shirt’ protestors released a letter that they sent to the European Union’s Ambassador David Lipman, which was essentially an ‘urgent request’ to the EU to send monitors to Bangkok to prevent another crackdown. “There is no need for international intervention at this point in time,” Kasit Piromya told a press conference in Jakarta, according to Agence France Presse.

While the protests are ongoing in Thailand, certain Western Diplomats are quietly discussing holding outside mediation to bring together political rivals.

Nobel Laureute and East Timor’s president Jose Ramon Horta, whose country has relied on international support to tackle political violence, has said, “ “I don’t think any international mediator is knowledgeable enough about Thailand to be able to play a critical role,” and that it will be hard to find someone to step into the complex situation.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced a proposal to hold an election on November 14 under a "reconciliation" plan aimed at ending a two-month political crisis that has paralyzed Bangkok and killed 27 people.

Thai PM proposes Nov poll in "reconciliation" plan
 [Reuters, 3 May 2010]
Thailand red-shirt protesters storm Bangkok hospital [BBC, 30 April 2010]

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