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“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,””,”null

Debra P Tous 09/27/2006 10:21:58 AM

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C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 05874

 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/21/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PREL, PHUM, TH

SUBJECT: THAILAND UPDATE: CONTINUED CALM; THAKSIN TAKES A

BREAK

 

Classified By: AMBASSADOR RALPH L. BOYCE. REASON 1.4 (B,D)

 

1. (C) Summary. The Council for Democratic Reform under the

Monarchy (CDRM) lowered its media profile on September 22 as

efforts to set up an interim civilian government intensified.

Several key security portfolios at the sub-ministerial level

have been shuffled. Thaksin released a statement from his

London retreat suggesting that he would take \”a deserved

rest\” and urging a new general election. The ousted PM\’s

wife and two of his children are reportedly in Bangkok and

never left the country as was previously reported. Former

Deputy PM and UNSG candidate Surakiart Sathirathai returned

to Bangkok and immediately began to distance himself from

Thaksin and cozy up to the CDRM. Most key Thaksin allies

appear to be under CDRM control. At least one small

counter-coup demonstration was held. End Summary.

 

BANGKOK NORMAL

————–

 

2. (C) Life in Bangkok continued to normalize on September

22. Troops remain posted at several key locations downtown

and the CDRM publicly announced that several unit rotations

would be under way over the weekend. Traffic returned to its

usual snarled format. There was rising press speculation on

who would be chosen to lead the new, interim government.

Names of a number of well-respected technocrats, including

UNCTAD SecGen Supachai Panitchpakdi–a former Democrat party

leader–are being bandied about.

 

3. (C) At lower levels, several key security positions appear

to be shifting, with National Intelligence Director Jumphon

Manmai being replaced by Armed Forces Security Center

Director Gen.Waipot Srinual (a good embassy contact). Police

General Priewphan Damapong, Thaksin\’s brother-in-law and

Deputy Commissioner General was shifted to an administrative

post. Gen Winai Thongsong–Thaksin\’s nephew and commander of

the Royal Thai Police Criminal Suppression Division (CSD) —

was moved to a desk job as well. (CSD is a Bangkok based

service with wide ranging authority and relatively important

paramilitary capability. We understand that the military

took control of their offices during the coup, although it

did not occupy the offices of other police units.)

 

4. (C) Work on the interim constitution appears to be under

way. Local press reports that former Senate Speaker Meechai

Ruchuphan and former secretary general to the cabinet

Borwornsak Uwanno are being enlisted by the CDRM to begin

drafting the interim constitution. They are two of the most

highly respected jurists in the country. In a lunch meeting

on September 22, MFA contacts told us that both Meechai and

Borwornsak are already at work on the document, which is

expected to be a simplified version of the recently suspended

1997 constitution. Our contacts told us that the CDRM had

also approached former Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-Ngam — once a

strong Thaksin supporter but respected legal authority — to

help with the drafting.

 

THAKSIN\’S STATEMENT

——————-

 

5. (C) Thaksin remains in London. His close adviser Pansak

Vinyaratin told reporters on Thursday that the ousted PM will

\”as of now, take a deserved rest\” and looks forward to

involving himself in charity work. When asked in what matter

Pansak said, \”you have to think what is the most effective

charitable work, something like development of the economy,

not rocket science.\” Pansak did not explain when Thaksin

plans to return to Thailand but told reporters that the

ousted premier may travel elsewhere in Europe. Thaksin\’s

traveling party released the following statement.

 

Full text of Thaksin statement:

 

The event in Thailand during the last two days should not

detract from my main aim of national reconciliation.

Therefore, he (sic) would like to urge all parties to find

ways and means to reconcile and work towards national

reconciliation for the sake of our King and country. We hope

the new regime will quickly arrange a new general election

and continue to uphold the principles of democracy for the

future of all Thais.

 

End Text.

 

THAKSIN\’S FAMILY IN BANGKOK

—————————

 

6. (C) Meanwhile, press reports that Thaksin\’s wife Pochaman

and two of his children had fled for Singapore during the

coup appear to have been part of a calculated disinformation

campaign. Embassy contacts reported early on September 22

that Pochaman, son Panthongtae and daughter Paethongthan

returned to their residence Friday, after two nights in a

local safehouse.

 

I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW ARMY OVERLORDS

—————————————–

 

7. (C) Former Deputy Prime Minister and candidate for UN

Secretary General Surakiart Sathirathai returned to Bangkok

 

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Wednesday and immediately began to shed his ties to the

ousted PM. Telling reporters that he thanked the CDRM for

their support for his UNSG candidacy, he denied having talked

to Thaksin in New York about the coup. Local media had a

field day in contrasting these comments with Surakiart\’s live

statement to CNN on Tuesday night, when he strongly defended

Thaksin and suggested that the coup was faltering.

 

DETAINEES

———-

 

8. (C) It remains unclear precisely how many people have been

detained by the CDRM, but the number appears to be low thus

far. The most prominent detainees are former DPM Chidchai

Wannasathit, Thaksin,s former Secretary General Prommin

Lertsuridej, former PM office Minister Newin Chidchob and

former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Yongyuth

Tiyapairat. Chidchai and Prommin are reportedly being held

at Supreme Command Headquarters. Newin and Yongyuth turned

themselves in at the Army Headquarters on September 21.

Prommin, Newin and Yongyuth were widely believed to have been

prominent hard-liners in the TRT camp who urged Thaksin to

hold fast to his defiant stance.

 

9. (C) Political activists Charat Worachath and Tavee Kaikub

were briefly detained on September 20 after protesting the

coup at Bangkok,s Democracy Monument. Both were

subsequently released. A CDRM spokesperson stated that two

Thaksin loyalists, Senator-designate Samak Sundaravej and

ex-Senator Dusit Siriwan were detained briefly on September

19 but have since been released. The CDRM spokesman

confirmed that all four men remain under close surveillance.

 

COUNTER-COUP?

————-

 

10. (C) Former Defense Minister Thammarak Issarangkul Na

Ayyuthaya is the most senior Thaksin ally still at large, and

is rumored to have fled to the northern part of Thailand. A

Chinese journalist contact cited rumors circulating on Friday

that Thammarak may be organizing Thaksin supporters in the

hinterland into a \”grassroots militia.\” We have nothing to

substantiate this rumor, however.

 

TESTING THE WATERS–AN ANTI-COUP DEMONSTRATION

——————————————— –

 

11. (C) A demonstration was announced by the \”19 September

Network against Coup d\’etat\” on their website (which has

subsequently been blocked) to be held at 18:00 local time on

September 22 at an upscale shopping mall. At COB, we had

reports from poloff on the scene and NGO contacts indicating

that a small demonstration was ongoing, and a very large

group of journalists was present to cover it. Police were

also present, but had not taken measures to halt the

demonstration as of COB.

BOYCE

 

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July 13, 2011 at 5:57 am

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