Deposed PM's in China to meet Surayud : Gen Sonthi
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in China. He had sought to meet Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. PM declined the request. Thai Embassy in China is criticised for failing to report Thaksin's travelling to China.
Council of National Security Gen Sonthi Bunyaratglin criticised Thai Embassy in Beijing for failing to report that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in the Chinese capital.
"I confirm that Khun Thaksin is now in China. I received a confirm reports from our sources so. I wonder why Thai Embassy in Beijing did not report to us about his travel to China," he said.
Thaksin has lived in London where he has a residence after being ousted by the military on September 19. Sonthi's statement confirmed earlier reports that Thaksin sought a meeting with Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont who was in Nanning, China for Asean-China Summit from Monday to Tuesday.
However Surayud said upon arrival from Nanning on Tuesday that he did not meet Thaksin during his stay in China.
Sonthi declined to say whether Thaksin requested a permission to return to Thailand, saying the question must be asked to Surayud.
Surayud is in Pattani on Wednesday for a one-day visit in an attempt to update the situation in the south that has been busy with daily violence.
Sonthi was commenting on a report in a Thai language newspaper, Matichon, which quoted a Government House source as saying that Thaksin went to China on Tuesday and tried to arrange a meeting with Surayud but Surayud declined to meet him.
The source said Thaksin then went to Beijing and stayed there for a vacation and golf playing.
Sonthi told reporters that it would be up to the prime minister that Thaksin could return to Thailand or not.
"It is not necessary for CNS to send officials to monitor Thaksin's movement in China," he said.
Meanwhile Thaksin's legal advisor Noppadol Pattama confirmed that Thaksin is now in China for vacation and to meet friends and would not return to Thailand at this period of time for the sake of reconciliation of the country.
Thaksin would not stay long in China, he said, adding Thaksin will return to Thailand when the time is right and the country has returned to peace and stability.