Thai Army chief hosts Suthep-Yingluck meeting Sunday

Thai Army chief hosts Suthep-Yingluck meeting Sunday
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Anti-government rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday met Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the first time at the mediation of Army Commander in Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The meeting was made at unknown location with the presence of commanders in chief of Navy and Air Force with an aim to solve the escalating the protests. Prayuth made the offer to help host the meeting in the morning.

Suthep said he met the prime minister and the commanders-in-chief of the three armed forces in an-hour meeting .

However the meeting has no fruitful solution as Suthep, who led the protests to uproot Thaksin Regime, insisted that Yingluck government had no legetimacy to administer the country since the day it announced that it rejected the Constitutional Court's rulings on charter amendment concerning senate election.

"I did not regard the meeting as a negotiation. I told her to return the ruling mandate back to people. A council should be set up to draft a new constitution before holding a new election," he said in a press conference broadcast in free-to-air television channels at about 9.30am.

Suthep said Yingluck did not say anything during the meeting. "This would be the only meeting between the premier and me, there would be no such meeting until people win.

Gen Prayuth told Suthep and Yingluck that the armed forces did not want to see the people killed or injured and they would stand by the country.

Prayuth said during a meeting of Suthep and Yingluck that the armed forces would stand by the country.

"I decided to attend the meeting because it was held in the presence of the armed forces' commanders in chief. It was a good opportunity to make them know people's stance in a clear and straightforward ways," Suthep said.

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