BANGKOK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Saturday he was open to discussing the ongoing violence in Myanmar with the international community.
Not only did Chulanont, who also carries the rank of general, agree to meet next week with Ibrahim Gambari, the special adviser to the United Nations' secretary-general concerning Myanmar, but the prime minister said he would broach the subject of the Myanmar conflict with Association of Southeast Asian Nations members, The Thai News Agency TNA reported.
Chulanont also stressed that his nation did not support the violence used to quell citizens' protests in Myanmar, particularly when that violence has targeted protesting monks.
Yet Chulanont did mention his country's government has been cautious in making such statements to the Myanmar government in order to avoid international conflict. TNA said Thailand did express its displeasure with the violent opposition of the recent demonstrations in September, but those comments were made in conjunction with the country's fellow ASEAN members.