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NCPO Continues to Clarify Its Stance with the International Community

7 July 2014 (Readers 1062)
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is sending a delegation, which also comprises members of the business, private, and civic sectors, to visit foreign countries in order to create better understanding with the international community, starting from the Asian region.

Head of NCPO General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that NCPO has continuously clarified its stance with the international community.

As for the international concern over the military intervention in Thailand, General Prayut explained that the reason the military had taken control over national administration was to end violence. There was a trend toward chaos; conflicting groups were using war-grade weapons in many areas; and the economy was stalled. Since 22 May 2014, NCPO has seized caches of war-grade weapons and has investigated the networks.

The purpose of inviting individuals with conflicting views and those who were involved in the conflict to report themselves to the NCPO was for discussions. NCPO did not call them in for incarceration, or indiscriminately use its powers against them.

General Prayut said that if NCPO had not invited them in, there was a chance of the rifts deepening. It was a necessity, depending on the severity of each case. He did not wish for any group to use this to instigate or falsify information to create hatred and division among fellow citizens. NCPO has not interfered with or violated the freedom of the media.

NCPO has supported judicial processes to end the conflict through the jurisdiction system on a neutral basis, without any distortion of the rules of law. It has a policy not to intervene in the judicial process to assist any particular group, since NCPO believes that this would cause further conflict in the future.

General Prayut stated that NCPO and all Thai citizens uphold and have faith in the democratic system with His Majesty the King as Head of State. NCPO fully realizes that the military intervention may be perceived by the West as a threat to democracy and a violation of the peoples liberty. However, this military intervention was inevitable, in order to uphold national security and to strengthen democracy.

He said that, on 1 July 2014, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs called on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was very well aware of the situation in Thailand and assured NCPO of cooperation in dealing with the labor issue. Cambodia also released Mr. Veera Somkwamkid for return to Thailand.

General Prayut congratulated Mr. Veera on his release. On behalf of NCPO, he would like to express his sincere appreciation to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his utmost gratitude to His Majesty the King of Cambodia. He also thanked the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs for his endeavors.

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