Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Round 3 Talk on April's Fool's Day?
Will Round 3 of negotiations between the government and red-shirt leaders take place? If so, it will be on April 1, according to Chmani Sakdiseth, one of the PM's aides attending the first two rounds of talk.
Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva says he is ready for another round of talks. Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan says no more negotiations are set since the gap is too huge between the protestors' 15-day deadline and the government's 9-month proposal for a new election.
Chamni, however, insists that there is still room for discussion and he is still hopeful that the differences can be ironed out.
The red-shirts haven't totally rejected a new round of talk. They are simply "reconsidering their position."
Who's making the final decision? Critics says it's Thaksin Shinawatra who is stalling. But Weng Tojirakarn, one of the three red representatives, insists decisions are being made by collective leadership.
The Reds are also suggesting that Abhisit can't make his own decision either. Some influence above him is dictating things, they claim.
But if the 3rd round of talks happen on April 1, will it be just an "April's Fool's joke." I hope not.