BANGKOK, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Wednesday proposed inviting the United Nations to help Thailand resolve the current political conflict.
"If we could bring the UN in to initiate talks, a solution to the conflict in Thailand might be reached," Surapong was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.
Surapong said he talked on the phone with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the morning to discuss ways out of the crisis.
He would bring forward the proposal to the government-run Center for Maintaining Peace and Order, he said.
The United Nations might be most suitable to mediate peaceful talks between the opposing sides in Thailand, Surapong added.
"Today, the Thai people must be open-minded. Do not think that this would be an intervention. If a civil war breaks out in Thailand, the UN would have to step in anyway to solve problems and build reconciliation," Surapong said.
On Wednesday, anti-government protesters from various rally sites gathered in front of the Royal Thai Police office in Bangkok, urging national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew to appoint neutral police officers to investigate recent violent attacks at rally sites, which have caused deaths and injuries of protesters.
Protesters called on the police to quickly solve the cases and bring the culprits to justice.