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Pheu Thai calls for ‘independent, non-partisan’ reconciliation panel

Mar 22. 2017
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By The Nation

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The Pheu Thai Party submitted a letter to defence permanent secretary General Chaichan Changmongkol on Wednesday calling for the disbandment of three reconciliation committees and the setting up of an independent panel instead.

And once the independent panel formed a conclusion for the reconciliation process, the super-committee – or Por Yor Por – should abide by it, former coalition leader Virot Pao-in said.

The letter detailing the proposal was submitted by Virot, acting leader of Pheu Thai Party. 

Pheu Thai said in the letter that reconciliation building should serve the national interest and should be carried out by an independent, non-partisan panel trusted by the public.

It said the panel should be free of influence and adhere to the rule of law as well as give an opportunity equally to academics, the mass media, civil society, and those affected by past conflicts to express their thoughts.

The opinion gathering should not be just another ritual, it said.

The party also said no one should be discriminated against and the conclusion of the reconciliation process should come from mutual agreement that considered human dignity based on democratic principles as well as the rule of law. The conclusion of the process should not be imposed on conflicting parties against their will.

Pheu Thai said conflict resolution should not only end the conflict but appease affected parties to make mutual forgiveness possible.

It reiterated that an independent panel was necessary for this task as the current committees were dominated by officials answerable to the National Council for Peace and Order.

Besides setting up an independent panel and respecting the conclusion it arrived at, Virot said the implementation of the conclusion should be assured while the regime should foster a democratic atmosphere and allow freedom of expression

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