Friday, June 11, 2010

Thai Leader Offers Reconciliation Plan

Addressing the nation three weeks after a military crackdown on protesters, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva presented what he called a “letter to the Thai people” on Thursday, calling for reconciliation in a country shaken and divided by months of turmoil and scores of deaths.

“It’s time to rebuild our home together,” he said. “Hatred and vengeance can’t build our future.”

The prime minister’s speech introduced a five-point road map to “national reconciliation,” although he did not explain it in detail. The plan, as he described it earlier, seeks to address social and economic disparities that are at the root of Thailand’s divisions.

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