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Talks to end Thai crisis inconclusive

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 00:56

May 21 - The Thai army says a crisis meeting of political leaders held the day after the army declared martial law, was inconclusive and that they will meet again on Thursday. Deborah Gembara reports.

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A meeting between seven different political groups in Bangkok on Wednesday ended with no agreement. The crisis talks came just a day after the Thai army declared martial law. An army spokesperson says that all participants plan to spend some time thinking about what was discussed. They also offered this assessment: (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) DEPUTY ARMY SPOKESPERSON, SRICHAN NGATHONG, SAYING: "The Thai public are waiting to see how the country will move forward. At least they agree to return happiness to the Thai people as soon as possible." The group discussed a wide array of issues --- everything from reforming the political system to how to stop the violence that has kept tourists away. So far, none of the parties say they are considering stopping protests. Since November, nearly 30 people have been killed in demonstrations. Talks are expected to begin again on Thursday.

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Talks to end Thai crisis inconclusive

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 00:56