Ambassador Kristie Kenny also expressed her belief a peaceful negotiation between the
anti-government People′s Council for Absolute Democracy With the King as Head of State (PCAD) and
the government would be the best solution to the ongoing political crisis.
The US Ambassador and US Pacific
Commander, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, have previously attended the celebration of His Majesty the
King′s 86th Birthday at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin yesterday.
They later met with Ms. Yingluck and Chief
of Defence Forces, General Thanasak Patimaprakorn.
Both Ms. Kenny and Admiral Locklear expressed their delights to have
participated in the auspicious celebration of HM the King′s birthday. Ms. Kenny also raised her
concern over the anti-government protests which have claimed four lives and injured more than 200,
stating that the US has been closely monitoring the situation in Thailand.
Nevertheless, she said she is hopeful that
Thailand could peacefully solve the ongoing conflict soon by establishing a dialogue with the
protest leaders, and told Prime Minister Yingluck she is impressed by the restraint shown by the
Thai government and the police in handling the protesters.
Ms. Kenny also suggested to PM Yingluck
that the negotiation should start as soon as possible.
Admiral Locklear likewise said he
appreciates the Thai government′s patient and tolerant manner during its tackling of the
US commander added that he considers Thailand as the oldest ally of the US in the region, and that
both nations have continuously enjoyed warm relationship and cooperation, as apparent in the recent
joint effort in sending relief to the
In reply, Ms. Yingluck stressed that the government is determined to solve the conflict
peacefully, democratically, and is willing to open the floor for debate with any party to reach the
additionally assured the US delegation that she will not declare the State of Emergency as a
response to the protests.
According to the Prime Minister, Thailand sees the US as its main ally for its security and
prosperity in Asia-Pacific. Thailand is willing to cooperate with the US in any aspects, Ms. Yingluck, particularly the
annual joint military drill, the Cobra Gold.
Ms. Yingluck also thanked Ms. Kenny for President Barack Obama′s
message of good will addressed to His Majesty the King for his
Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Forces, General Thanasak, expressed his optimism about the
situation, stating that it is ‘getting better and better’.
General Thanasak said he cannot speak for
PCAD leader Suthep Thaugsuban why he still refuses to put an end to his political campaign, but
added that he is hopeful about future dialogues between the protest leaders and the
a good way, so that everyone can help and share their ideas," said General
added, “thankfully, the protesters did not escalate the situation today, but we’ll have to see again
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