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Thai protesters accept plan for reconciliation

By South East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel

Updated May 4, 2010 22:44:00

Thai red shirts set for protest

While Red Shirt leaders say they unanimously agree with the plan to avoid further loss of life, they are not yet ready to end their two-month protest in central Bangkok. (Reuters: Kerek Wongsa )

Thailand's anti-government protesters have accepted the government's roadmap to reconciliation but they have not yet announced when they will end their protest.

The Red Shirts have given qualified agreement to the prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's plan but they want to see more detail before they pack up and go home.

Specifically, they want to know when the parliament will be dissolved ahead of an election in mid-November.

And while Red Shirt leaders say they unanimously agree with the plan to avoid further loss of life, they are not yet ready to end their two-month sit-in in central Bangkok.

In essence, they say they will not move until the parliament is dissolved.

Mr Abhisit has not announced when that will happen in his roadmap.

Tens of thousands of Red Shirts listened to the announcement that the plan will be accepted, minus the inherent request to move.

Tags: world-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, thailand

First posted May 4, 2010 22:18:00

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