prem not invloved in politics (he says)3 artilces

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/10/22/opinion/opinion_30114974.php
Prem and Chavalit: You always hurt the one you love
By Suthichai Yoon
The Nation
Published on October 22, 2009

THE PRESIDENT of the Privy Council broke his own precedent last week: He started talking in public without being asked. General Prem Tinsulanonda walked up to a group of waiting reporters and declared: “You don’t have to pose the question. I will talk to you about Jiew.”

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When the usually reticent “Pa Prem” initiates a conversation on a particular subject on a certain personality, the whole country stops to listen.

“Jiew” – General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh – had just joined Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party as its “chairman”. Prem was disappointed – nay, upset was more like it.

The Privy Council president had previously deliberately delivered a message of warning: “Think very carefully before you decide to join Pheu Thai. You might be labelled a traitor if you do.”

Under normal circumstances, Chavalit would have heeded such a direct admonition. So, when he declared his decision “to move from a neutral stand to take sides”, Jiew knew his mentor would feel betrayed. But, despite his age, Chavalit’s political ambition got the better of him.

Prem’s normal refusal to make public comments in a political storm was often open to interpretation. But when he decided to break his famous silence, it was almost like a thunderbolt. You could almost hear a heartbroken general cry out for vindication.

Chavalit knew he couldn’t counter with a tit-for-tat response. After all, he might have to change tack again if politics takes a new turn.

“P

here is what Sondhi L. leader of PAD, said about his relation with Prem and Surayud

http://bangkokpundit.blogspot.com/

ASTV Manager has a transcript of what Sondhi L said on the Yam Fao Paendin program in May 2007. Sondhi L in the preceding paragraph to the one excerpted one below is talking about Gen. Surayud and gasoline prices and then states:

สนธิ – ผมผิดหวังมาก เพราะท่านนายกฯ ท่านก็รู้ว่าส่วนหนึ่งของการขับไล่ พ.ต.ท.ทักษิณ ชินวัตร ที่ท่านก็อยู่เบื้องหลังด้วย ยุยงส่งเสริมให้ผมทำหลายเรื่อง ท่านก็รู้ว่า ปตท.เป็นเรื่องนึง

[Sondhi: I am very disappointed because the PM [surayud]knows well that part of the the ousting of Thaksin was [the PM] himself [surayud]who was behind it too. [He, Surayud] urged me to do many things.PTT was one of those things]

BP: Prem is out today stating that the Privy Council is not involved in politics.

Then, in a speech in the US in Virginia on August 25, 2007 broadcast on ASTV, Sondhi briefly touches on his relationship with Surayud and the role of the palace:

“It was the first time, we could gather ten thousands of people. Sometimes hundred thousands. So, they were like, ‘the chink [Sondhi referring to himself] is kinda great.’ So, they came to support me. Now, they started. General Surayud called me. General Sondhi had his close aide call me. In the palace… In the palace, there were many. Many connections. Everyone was close to me. They were close to me as hel_l. (laughter.) So, they started backing our movement. Gen. Saprang was eating with Gen. Sondhi for every meal and telling him to stage a coup.

Prem had his aide call me. General Chavalit. Everyone called me. .”

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/13918/thaksin-faces-new-threat
Thaksin faces new threat
Prem, Chinese FM to discuss HK extradition
Published: 25/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

The fate of convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to be one of the main items today when Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda meets with the Chinese foreign minister.

Prem: Under heavy fire from Thaksin
All eyes will be firmly fixed on the meeting between Gen Prem and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Prem and Chavalit: You always hurt the one you love
By Suthichai Yoon
The Nation
Published on October 22, 2009

THE PRESIDENT of the Privy Council broke his own precedent last week: He started talking in public without being asked. General Prem Tinsulanonda walked up to a group of waiting reporters and declared: “You don’t have to pose the question. I will talk to you about Jiew.”

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When the usually reticent “Pa Prem” initiates a conversation on a particular subject on a certain personality, the whole country stops to listen.

“Jiew” – General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh – had just joined Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party as its “chairman”. Prem was disappointed – nay, upset was more like it.

The Privy Council president had previously deliberately delivered a message of warning: “Think very carefully before you decide to join Pheu Thai. You might be labelled a traitor if you do.”

Under normal circumstances, Chavalit would have heeded such a direct admonition. So, when he declared his decision “to move from a neutral stand to take sides”, Jiew knew his mentor would feel betrayed. But, despite his age, Chavalit’s political ambition got the better of him.

Prem’s normal refusal to make public comments in a political storm was often open to interpretation. But when he decided to break his famous silence, it was almost like a thunderbolt. You could almost hear a heartbroken general cry out for vindication.

Chavalit knew he couldn’t counter with a tit-for-tat response. After all, he might have to change tack again if politics takes a new turn.

“P

The meeting is seen as having a heavy bearing given the continuing talks on an extradition treaty between Thailand and Hong Kong and Thaksin’s mounting efforts to discredit the Privy Council.

Mr Yang will visit Gen Prem at the Privy Council’s Office after he meets Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as part of his two-day visit.

Sources said the meeting between Gen Prem and Mr Yang would underline the need for immediate action to deal with Thaksin, who recently launched a broadside against privy councillors. The meeting will also take place against the backdrop of talks on an extradition treaty between Thailand and Hong Kong.

Thai politicians often visit Hong Kong to meet Thaksin. It is also reported to be the base for his phone-ins to gatherings of supporters to air his political views and criticise his political opponents. During a video-link address to his supporters at a Chiang Mai rally on Sunday, Thaksin accused two privy councillors and some members of the judiciary of being behind the plot to overthrow him.

All those accused by Thaksin have denied the allegations.

A close associate to privy councillor Surayud Chulanont, who was accused by Thaksin of being one of the architects of the 2006 coup, said Gen Surayud was concerned Thaksin was edging closer to offending the monarchy.

“The government must be aware of this and can no longer stand idle,” the source quoted Gen Surayud as saying.

After a meeting of privy councillors yesterday, a source at the meeting said Gen Prem was concerned about comments made against privy councillors.

Gen Prem did not want people to misunderstand that privy councillors were involved in politics, the source said.

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