ThaiPM asks Myanmar's military regime to end repression

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Bangkok, Oct 8 (UNI) Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont today said he had written to Myanmar's top military ruler urging him not to allow use of force against protesting Buddhist monks in that country.

Talking to Thai journalists here, Mr Surayud said he sent the letter to General Than Shwe who heads Myanmar's ruling State Peace and Development Council last week.

''As a Buddhist-majority country, Thailand cannot accept the use of violence against Buddhist monks in a neighbouring country,'' the Thai prime minister told mediapersons.

Thailand wants the Myanmar government to engage in a dialogue with that country's main pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi as suggested earlier by the Association of Southeast Asian nations, he added.

It was now up to the 10-nation ASEAN of which Myanmar is a member, to agree upon further course of action on the political situation in Myanmar, the Thai prime minister pointed out.

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