BANGKOK, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Thai army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan- ocha on Wednesday called a meeting of representatives from various parties involved in the country's protracted political crisis.
The meeting to be attended by representatives from the Pheu Thai Party, Democrat Party, the pro-government United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship, or "red shirts," and anti- government People's Democratic Reform Committee is scheduled at 1: 30 p.m. local time.
Prayuth vowed to broker talks between opposing political sides after declaring martial rule in the country on Tuesday.
Martial rule meant to prevent further bloodsheds: Thai army chief
BANGKOK, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The martial rule currently imposed in Thailand was primarily designed to prevent street chaos and bloodsheds, said army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday.
The martial law, declared by the army chief at 03.00 a.m. Tuesday and effective throughout the country, was basically meant to keep opposing sides of society from clashing with each other or triggering civil war, according to Gen Prayuth. Full story