Inviting envoys to view protest not a good idea: Thailand's democrats

Inviting envoys to view protest not a good idea: Thailand's democrats

The government should review its invitation for foreign diplomats to visit Government House to observe security on the same day that the anti-government protest planned to lay siege to the venue, Democrat MP Ong-art Klampaiboon said yesterday.

"The foreign envoys are invited to Government House on [today], although the government is well aware the demonstrators will march and protest there. The government has to take responsibility if the envoys are trapped inside the compound during the protest," he said.

Earlier, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said the diplomats would be briefed about how the government and police planned to handle the rally. "They will learn that we deal with the situation in peaceful ways, without arms and according to international standards," he said.

The envoys will meet at the Foreign Ministry at 7.30am before proceeding to Government House at 8am. Paradorn said he would evaluate whether they would stay in the compound until the protesters arrived or not. Thai and foreign media were also invited, he added. Reports said that diplomats of about 60 countries were invited and some 30 countries have already accepted the invitations.

A senior Asian diplomat said his embassy received the invitation via an e-mail message, which said the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) would make the arrangements for those who wished to observe security at Government House.

However the visit to Government House scheduled at 8am was an option, the diplomat said. The diplomats would meet and be briefed at 7.30am at the Foreign Ministry about protest activities.

"Whether the diplomats will join the visit will [be up to them] as we are worried the tour would be exploited politically. Moreover the diplomats' safety would be a major concern," he said.

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