Referendum ‘key’ to improved EU relations

A visiting European Parliament commission says it will restart team-work talks if there is a giveaway and satisfactory referendum, though rapped restrictions in a breeze charter. (Graphic by European Union External Action)

Negotiations on a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand would usually start after a giveaway and satisfactory referendum is held, a conduct of a European Parliament’s commission on Asean family pronounced Wednesday.

Werner Langen, authority of a delegation, pronounced he was endangered that troops order had been in place for dual years though usually a few months were allocated to ready for a referendum on a new structure and a transition to democracy.

“The stream breeze structure contains many opportunities to keep down domestic parties for utterly some time, that is not a right way. There needs to be some-more eagerness to work on concede and a troops should be where it belongs,” pronounced Mr Langen, who is from Germany.

The referendum, he said, was a benchmark for Thailand to enter a approved transition. “It should be conducted in a giveaway and satisfactory demeanour with full information laid down for a citizens, since it concerns their future.” Mr Langen pronounced a referendum was “considered an denote of compensation or restlessness of a people to a government”.

Members of a European Parliament (MEP) led by Mr Langen are on a revisit to Bangkok, where they have met a Foreign Ministry, Democrat Party personality Abhisit Vejjajiva, and former primary minster Yingluck Shinawatra. The commission invited Ms Yingluck to revisit them final year, though a regime refused to let her go.

Commenting on a meeting, a method pronounced “both sides common a same perspective on a significance of a resumption of a Thai-EU FTA talks during a technical turn that will pave a approach for a end of a agreement”.

The EU parliamentarians, meanwhile, pronounced they “had sensitive a Thai side what would be compulsory as a prerequisites before a technical-level talks [on a pacts] could be resumed”.

Mr Langen pronounced a MEP have final contend on a FTA and PCA, so required elements including smallest approved standards and correct caring of migrant workers, generally in fisheries, contingency be upheld.

“If we ask my personal view, we doubt things are on a right track,” he said. “The bent [remains] for a troops to meddle whenever a energy comes underneath threat, though we haven’t given adult wish and we wish Thais a pacific transition,” he said.

Jeroen Lenaers, an MEP from a Netherlands, stressed a referendum was an critical routine and campaigning should be conducted in a giveaway and open manner. Freedom of expression, pronounced Mr Lenaers, was a elemental right guaranteed in a EU and “we would like to inspire giveaway plead for a Thai referendum”.

Marc Tarabella, an MEP from Belgium, pronounced Thais contingency clearly know a breeze licence before going to a polls. “We are also here to plead issues like a conditions of refugees and migrant workers and yellow-card IUU [Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing] matters,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon Wednesday shrugged off a assembly on Tuesday between a commission and Ms Yingluck. Gen Prawit pronounced a regime had zero to hide.

He voiced certainty Ms Yingluck gave accurate information to a delegation. “Two years of working, we are vital with a truth. There’s zero to hide. Nothing gets swept underneath a rug,” he said.

Gen Prawit, also counterclaim minister, pronounced a MEP were acquire to accommodate a supervision and a National Council for Peace and Order if they wanted to determine their information.

Mr Abhisit, who met a organisation Wednesday, told them appearance in a referendum routine should engage open debates.

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