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06BANGKOK5908 2006-09-26 04:10:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Bangkok
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PRIVY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PREM DISCUSSES TRANSITION

Tags:   PGOV PREL PHUM KDEM MOPS ASEC TH 
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					  C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 005908 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/25/2016
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM KDEM MOPS ASEC TH
SUBJECT: PRIVY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PREM DISCUSSES TRANSITION

REF: A. BANGKOK 5894 (BORWORNSAK BRIEFS AMBASSADOR)


B. BANGKOK 5814 (SONTHI BRIEFS ENVOYS)

Classified By: Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce, reason 1.4 (d).



1. (C) I spoke with Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda
September 25, explaining I wanted to check on his well-being,
given reports on the night of the coup that Thaksin had tried
to arrange Prem's arrest. Sounding relaxed, confident, and
very pleased with the course of events, Prem assured me he
was well.



2. (C) I mentioned to Prem my conversation earlier in the day
with constitution drafter Borwornsak Uwanno (ref A), noting
Borwornsak had indicated the CDRM might not appoint a
civilian Prime Minister until the middle of the first week of
October. I stressed to Prem that the international community
would be watching the clock, and the CDRM would come under
criticism if it missed its self-imposed two-week deadline for
transitioning to a civilian administration. Prem urged me to
start counting the days from September 20, rather than
September 19, as the CDRM needed to buy itself as much time
as possible to get affairs in order. (Note: Sonthi first
mentioned the two week time frame midday on September 20 --
ref B. End Note.)
BOYCE