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06BANGKOK5908 PRIVY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PREM DISCUSSES TRANSITION

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/25/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PREL, PHUM, KDEM, MOPS, ASEC, TH

SUBJECT: PRIVY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PREM DISCUSSES TRANSITION

 

REF: A. BANGKOK 5894 (BORWORNSAK BRIEFS AMBASSADOR)

 

B. BANGKOK 5814 (SONTHI BRIEFS ENVOYS)

 

Classified By: Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce, reason 1.4 (d).

 

1. (C) I spoke with Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda

September 25, explaining I wanted to check on his well-being,

given reports on the night of the coup that Thaksin had tried

to arrange Prem\’s arrest. Sounding relaxed, confident, and

very pleased with the course of events, Prem assured me he

was well.

 

2. (C) I mentioned to Prem my conversation earlier in the day

with constitution drafter Borwornsak Uwanno (ref A), noting

Borwornsak had indicated the CDRM might not appoint a

civilian Prime Minister until the middle of the first week of

October. I stressed to Prem that the international community

would be watching the clock, and the CDRM would come under

criticism if it missed its self-imposed two-week deadline for

transitioning to a civilian administration. Prem urged me to

start counting the days from September 20, rather than

September 19, as the CDRM needed to buy itself as much time

as possible to get affairs in order. (Note: Sonthi first

mentioned the two week time frame midday on September 20 —

ref B. End Note.)

BOYCE

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July 13, 2011 at 6:00 am

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  1. […] PPT’s continuing series on Wikileaks cables, we examine U.S. Ambassador Ralph Boyce’s cable of 26 September 2006 that refers to his visit to see Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda just a few days […]


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