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    13 January 2014


    Attention: Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General to the United Nations
    Regarding: Clarification Over Thailand Political Situation




    With reference to our earlier phone conversation and reports of your conversation with the Prime Minister, allow me to clarify a few additional points as follows:


    1. The accusation that independent agencies, particularly the Constitutional Court, the Election Commission (EC) and the National Anti-Corruption Commission are involved in political conflicts, including this most recent one, is a severe distortion of the facts. Moreover, such claims slander the integrity of those agencies and the judiciary that are simply performing their duties as required by law, when in fact the current situation has been triggered by the misconducts of the governing Pheu Thai Party and its repeated Constitutional violations.


    2. The allegation Mr. Kaewsan Athibhodi and I participated in the drafting of the Amnesty Bill is another gross misrepresentation since both of us only joined the Committee during the second reading of the proposed Bill as required by parliamentary procedures. Despite our strong opposition, the majority of the Committee dominated by Pheu Thai Party members proposed to amend significant parts of the Bill, thereby transforming it into an absolute amnesty for every transgression, including criminal charges committed by core leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and corruption cases related to Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra. The passage of the Bill in the early hours was not due to our refusal to participate in the procedures. On the contrary, our refusal was expression of protest that the deliberation should not have been taking place in the early hours at all.


    3. The repeated denials that the proposed Amnesty Bill would neither benefit Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra nor UDD leaders, nor allow the return of their finances, are lies. The Bill was revised to cover all parties affected by the acts of agencies established under the 2006-2008 military junta and subsequent Judicial Court’s decisions and pending court cases. Therefore, it would not only clear all UDD leaders from the convictions, but also whitewash Mr. Thaksin of his crimes. Further, the Bill was amended so that UDD protestors were not conferred additional rights to compensation but such provision would not apply to corruption cases thereby allowing Mr. Thaksin to seek the return of seized assets.


    4. The claim that I repeatedly rejected to join the National Reform Council is also a lie. I was invited once by Mr. Banharn Silpa-archa, the acting coordinator a few months ago. I replied that I would only participate if the Prime Minister agreed to withdraw the Amnesty Bill. This condition was rejected, showing the Prime Minister’s lack of sincerity to resolve the situation. The so-called National Reform Council was merely another set up to rubber-stamp the swift passing of the Amnesty Bill – the Prime Minister’s true objective. As for the latest Reform Council proposed by the Prime Minister, we have never been invited and her proposal was rejected by business organizations and civil society.


    5. The assertion that some demonstrators are armed Southerners intending to fuel violence is a fabrication. Over the past 70 days, the demonstrators have remained peaceful and without violence, unlike certain ill-intended parties benefiting from state facilitation that have been able to launch armed attacks against security guards with guns and other weapons. Their attacks have resulted in two civilian deaths and several wounded. The latest incident took place last night at Ratchadamnoen Avenue where they opened fire on protestors, injuring six people.


    6. In response to the Prime Minister’s declaration that the election cannot be postponed and that it falls under the EC’s purview, please be informed that the EC has made recommendations to the Prime Minister that the election be postponed. However, the EC’s suggestion has been turned down by the Prime Minister and met with threats of legal action by her party. This reveals another untruth told by the Prime Minister; all relevant parties have already suggested solutions, yet the Prime Minister continues to lead the country towards crisis and devastation.


    Finally, let me also clarify that the protests are not being organized or led by the Democrat Party but we can certainly communicate with their leaders and will convey your concerns regarding the situation to them.


    Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.




    (Abhisit Vejjajiva)
    Democrat Party Leader

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