Special report: Army coup in
BANGKOK, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Former
Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra can "come home," but it would be better
for him to wait until martial law is lifted, Thai interim Defense Minister
Boonrawd Somtat said here on Sunday.
Boonrawd was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying
that ousted ex-premier Thaksin is welcome to return home "as a Thai citizen" but
it is better that he should wait until martial law, imposed following the Sept.
19 coup, is lifted.
It is up to Thaksin himself to consider whether it is
appropriate for him to return to Thailand now and whether his return could
"severely stir the waters," Boonrawd was quoted as saying.
However, he said both Prime Minister Surayud
Chulanont and Gen.Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, chairman of the Council for National
Security (CNS), will also have to consider whether national security could be
threatened if Thaksin returns now.
The deposed premier is now staying with his family in
an apartment in London.
Surayud Saturday told journalists that Thaksin had
telephoned him and asked to return to Thailand. Surayud said he had told Thaksin
it was the right of all Thais to return to their homeland but the timing must be
right and details must be discussed among the concerned parties.
"It's better to wait for the martial law to be
lifted," said Boonrawd, adding that Thaksin will have to wait until that day,
and that concerned officials will have to discuss the issue first to determine
whether it is appropriate for him to return home.
Meanwhile, Air Force chief Marshal Chalit Phukbhasuk,
also deputy chairman of CNS, said he personally believed that martial law could
be lifted within the next one or two months if everybody fully cooperates in
solving the problems facing the country.
Chalit told journalists after holding talks with the
prime minister and Gen. Sonthi on the possibility of lifting martial law that
several factors, including internal peace, would have to be taken into
consideration before Thaksin is allowed to return home. Enditem
Thai PM says Thaksin can return "at
BANGKOK, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's interim Prime
Minister Surayud Chulanont said Saturday he had no objection to his predecessor
Thaksin Shinawatra returning to Thailand in due course, pending discussions with
all concerned parties, the Thai News Agency (TNA) said.
Thai King endorses National
BANGKOK, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The King of Thailand Thursday
morning issued a royal command to appoint the 242-member National Legislative
Assembly, a new body which will act as the country's parliament, local media
Thai new cabinet list submitted for
BANGKOK, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's interim Prime
Minister Surayud Chulanont has completed the list of his first cabinet and
submitted it for royal endorsement, a spokesman said Sunday.
Thaksin resigns as Thai Rak Thai
BANGKOK, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's ousted prime
minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sent his hand-written letter from London to
state his wish to resign as Thai Rak Thai Party leader, Thai TV channel 7