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Thai junta to set up reconciliation centres across country

Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) plans to set up reconciliation centres nationwide, aimed at fostering unity among the people, paving the way for a national reform, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

BANGKOK: Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) plans to set up reconciliation centres nationwide, aimed at fostering unity among the people, paving the way for a national reform, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) spokesman Colonel Banpot Pulpian told a press conference on Friday that Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in his capacity as the NCPO chief, has assigned the ISOC to be in charge of two major tasks, including developing national unity and reform.

According to the ISOC spokesman, the permanent secretary for defence will be responsible for the two tasks to be carried out within the NCPO framework.

The spokesman acknowledged that activities to build up national reconciliation have started in several areas, focused on locals nationwide, from the family to the community, village, sub-district, district and provincial levels.

The spokesman said the NCPO has asked for everyone to cooperate, pointing out that the main objective of the reconciliation centres is to create national unity within the legal framework.

Meanwhile, more people, including several politicians under the Pheu Thai Party, continued to report themselves to the NCPO at the Thai Army Auditorium in Bangkok as ordered.

Core leaders of the red-clad United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) have, in the meantime, kept a low profile after being released from the military detention, in the wake of a coup pursued by the NCPO on May 22, while pro-UDD satellite television stations have also remained off the air, as instructed by the coup council.

A UDD spokesman told TNA that although UDD core leaders have been ordered by the military "not to make any movement," they would continue to fight for democracy under the NCPO's rules, stating that the NCPO should be given an opportunity to solve national problems first.

The UDD spokesman noted that the UDD was monitoring closely whether the NCPO's planned national reform could bring about a fresh general election and fair results acceptable by all parties.

A UDD lawyer, Karom Polpornklang, announced that he and other UDD lawyers were ready to offer free legal advice to anyone arrested for violating the NCPO's orders under the martial law. 

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