Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on February 27 agreed to hold talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, provided that the talks are one-on-one and televised live.

Suthep told the media that he is willing to discuss the political situation with Yingluck. “Just tell me the date and time. But the talks must be broadcast live on all TV channels so that people throughout country can hear,” he said.

Yingluck, in another move, gave a lukewarm response to the debate, making it clear it was unlikely to happen.

She said she favours negotiations to end the conflict, but questioned the basis of the proposed talks with her political rival.

Over the past weeks, anti-government forces have rejected all kinds of dialogue with the caretaker Cabinet.
On February 26, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly urged all parties in the country to engage in meaningful and inclusive dialogues as soon as possible, expressing his readiness to assist the parties and the Thai people in any way possible.

Earlier, Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul suggested the UN deal with the political crisis in the country.-VNA