Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pro-Junta Spin from The Nation

Govt and CNS 'working hand-in-hand'

The Nation

The government and the Council for National Security (CNS) are like "a throat and Adam's apple", which have to work together and cannot be separated, the CNS chairman reportedly said during a meeting between the Cabinet and the council yesterday.

Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said CNS chairman General Sonthi Boonyaratglin also said the CNS had solved the country's crisis with the coup last September when people needed somebody to restore order to society. It then passed on the mission to the government.

Yesterday was the first time the CNS had met the Cabinet instead of just the prime minister alone.

"He [Sonthi] stressed the CNS was not looking over the government, as the CNS had no authority over it," Yongyuth said and added, "The CNS chairman said the government and the CNS had to walk hand in hand to make people confident."

According to Yongyuth, Surayud said the current government might be more democratic than some elected governments. However, he wanted independent organisations to cooperate and exchange information and ideas with the government and the CNS.

Yongyuth said Deputy Prime Minister and Industry Minister Kosit Panpiemras had noted gradual improvement in the economy by recognising the connection between provinces, districts, tambons and communities. At the same time, the government was also close to people.

The Nation reporter wrote like a stenographer from the junta's press office and just regurgitated the spin.

Of course, the shameless Nation editors let it pass by their desk straight into print.


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