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06BANGKOK2149 PRIVY COUNCILLOR CONFIRMS – KING DID NOT GIVE THAKSIN THE BOOT

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“60211”,”4/12/2006 7:54″,”06BANGKOK2149″,

 

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,”06BANGKOK2048″,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

120754Z Apr 06

“,”C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 002149

 

SIPDIS

 

SIPDIS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/10/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PHUM, TH

SUBJECT: PRIVY COUNCILLOR CONFIRMS – KING DID NOT GIVE

THAKSIN THE BOOT

 

REF: BANGKOK 02048

 

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Alex A. Arvizu, reason 1.4 (b) (

d)

 

1. (C) SUMMARY: During a meeting with Ambassador Boyce,

Privy Councillor Surayud said that Thaksin had planned since

late March to \”take a break\” immediately after the election.

The Privy Councillor confirmed that the King had not

encouraged Thaksin to step down. END SUMMARY

 

2. (C) The Ambassador met on April 11 with Privy Councillor

Gen.Surayud Chulanont, one of the most respected political

figures in the country. Surayud told the Ambassador that he

had heard an account of the April 4 meeting between PM

Thaksin and the King directly from the King\’s principal

private secretary, who had been present during the meeting.

Because the meeting immediately preceded Thaksin\’s nationally

televised announcement that he would \”take a break,\” many

Thais have concluded (or chosen to believe) that the King

somehow encouraged Thaksin to step down. In fact, Surayud

said, the King said very little in the meeting, beyond noting

that the political situation was very tense. Thaksin did most

of the talking; when Thaksin told the King he had decided not

accept appointment as PM in the next government, the King

\”only nodded,\” according to Surayud.

 

3. (C) Surayud said that the decision to step aside was

consistent with a plan Thaksin had formed before the

election. During a meeting on March 2, Surayud said, Thaksin

had told the King that he would only stay on as PM through

the June celebration of the King\’s 60th year on the throne.

By March 27, at a meeting with Surayud, Thaksin had revised

his plan, saying that he would step aside immediately after

the election.

 

4. (C) The Ambassador asked Surayud how he saw the political

situation developing. Surayud expressed concern that several

of the opposition leaders (especially Sondhi Limthongkul and

Chamlong Srimuang) were not being rational in their approach.

Sondhi in particular was still fixated on further undermining

Thaksin. Surayud believed that the opposition should stop

obstructing the process of seating the new Parliament. They

should focus instead on getting to the next step, which is

political and constitutional reform.

 

5. (C) The Ambassador asked about Thaksin\’s comment that the

King did not like him (reftel). Surayud, weighing his words,

said that the King had gotten wind of certain under-the-table

transactions that had not pleased him.

 

6. (C) Comment: We believe that Surayud is a credible and

knowledgeable source; this account reinforces our view that

the King did not intervene to get Thaksin to step aside.

Nonetheless, that story is likely to continue to circulate;

many Thai will find royal intervention more believable than

the idea of Thaksin\’s backing down, even temporarily. End

Comment.

BOYCE

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Written by thaicables

July 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

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