01/13/2014 (press release: JaturontThan) // Kittima Chanwattanasil
During this tense situation, many people came out to protest and were transported to various places. Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has emphasized the importance of the military’s attitude in these matters. The military must remain neutral and not interfere with political affairs. General Prayuth insisted that the army was responsible for providing peace to the people, according to Royal Thai Army deputy spokeswoman Colonel Winchai Suwaree.
The Army adheres to the democratic regime of the government with the King as the Head of State. The people have been assured that the army will not use force when operating in the public. The Army is ready to protect the safety of everyone, remaining impartial and not viewing either party as the enemy.
The Army does not want to battle with or use force on the people and other authorities. It also does not want to cause injury or death of people from any party.
Regarding the collision of protesters at Ramkhamhaeng University, which resulted in numerous injuries and the loss of life, the Army regrets the incident. To prevent violent situations even further and to prevent injuries and casualties, the Army has been involved in discussions with Sa.rs., the government, and protesters, trying to do everything possible to help all parties overcome all opposition in a peaceful way.
In addition, the Army is convinced that most of the people in Thailand are in agreement that all parties must resolve conflicts by following peaceful, democratic processes. The Army also maintains that it wants to see Thailand unified once again.
One thing the Army wants everyone to remember is that the King is concerned about Thai unity. Political conflicts and Thai people fighting each other cause him sorrow.
The Army implores all parties to consider the benefits of the overall nation. The military does not want to engage in any more conflicts and urges all parties to avoid actions that may cause injury and loss of life.
Hoping to resolve this situation as soon as possible, the Army is still trying to coordinate with all involved parties—whether political party members, academics, or protesters—in order to provide them jointly with the best, most satisfactory solution.
The Army confirms to everyone that the military will continue to perform its duties as best as it can to protect the King, the religion, the nation and its people.
By Kittima Chanwattanasil