Thailand: 'Not another Ukraine or Egypt'

Published May 22, 2014
A Thai soldier stands guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. – Photo by AP
A Thai soldier stands guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. – Photo by AP
Thai soldiers check an area as they walk past paintings (Right) of the Thai Royal family near Government house where anti-government protesters are camping in Bangkok on May 22, 2014. – Photo by AFP
Thai soldiers check an area as they walk past paintings (Right) of the Thai Royal family near Government house where anti-government protesters are camping in Bangkok on May 22, 2014. – Photo by AFP
A Thai soldier stands guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. – Photo by AP
A Thai soldier stands guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. – Photo by AP
Anti-government protesters walk through a security gate at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
Anti-government protesters walk through a security gate at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
Anti-government protesters listen to a speech by their leader Suthep Thaugsuban (not seen) at Democracy monument in Bangkok on May 22. – Photo by AFP
Anti-government protesters listen to a speech by their leader Suthep Thaugsuban (not seen) at Democracy monument in Bangkok on May 22. – Photo by AFP
The main gate of Government house (back) is locked in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
The main gate of Government house (back) is locked in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
Thai soldiers guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. – Photo by AP
Thai soldiers guard on a street in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. – Photo by AP
Thai soldiers check an area near Government house where anti-government protesters are camping in Bangkok on May 22, 2014.” – Photo by AFP
Thai soldiers check an area near Government house where anti-government protesters are camping in Bangkok on May 22, 2014.” – Photo by AFP
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gestures before delivering a speech to supporters at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gestures before delivering a speech to supporters at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
An anti-government protester waves national flags as leader Suthep Thaugsuban (not seen) delivers a speech to supporters at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP
An anti-government protester waves national flags as leader Suthep Thaugsuban (not seen) delivers a speech to supporters at Democracy monument in Bangkok. – Photo by AFP

Thailand's military hosted ground-breaking talks on May 21 between warring political rivals after imposing martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another “Ukraine or Egypt”.

Thailand's army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country's crisis.

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