Thaksin’s Burma blunder

Thaksin's Burma blunder - The Irrawaddy, March 6, 2006
...he cynically urged Thailand’s three opposition parties, led by the Democrat Party, which are to boycott the snap election called by Thaksin for April, to consult detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the imperative of participating in elections.
...Thaksin is a known friend of Burma’s military regime. Since he came to power, Thaksin and his government have courted the regime by offering loans, improving border trade and sending numerous delegations to Rangoon. While other governments in the region—and worldwide— are piling on the criticism of the junta and championing speedy change in Burma, Thaksin is seen defending the generals, investing in the country and promising piecemeal progress...
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