Thursday, August 11, 2011

New defence minister talks peace and reconciliation

Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa, the new defence minister, is embarking on the reconciliation path. He says he will seek a meeting with "Pa" Prem Tinsulanonda, president of the Privy Council, ("My former bss") -- who has come under severe criticism of the red shirt leaders in the past years.

The new defence minister says he will sit down and talk to all the top brass to ensure their unity and to bridge the gap between the "Burapa Payak" and "Wong Thewan" factions in the army.

He also promises that there will be no reshuffling of senior military officers who have been perceived to be against the red shirts.

"I will make sure that justice is done to all parties concerned," Gen Yuthasak said.

His first challenge will be to approve the list of the annual military reshuffle which in due to be submitted to him in the next few weeks. The main question mark is whether Army Chief Gen Prayuth Em-ocha will be transferred from his post or not.

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