Private sector representatives and leaders of red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) meet at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre on Wednesday. It was the first time the UDD gained interest from the private sector, in discussing Thai politics, and marks a maturity of the movement. Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of both the Board of Trade and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said after representatives of the private sector met core members of red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) that both sides have the same vision of seeking for peace in Thailand and do not want to see continuing rifts in the kingdom. The private sector wants to see an election in Thailand but it does not know whether the election date can be postponed from Feb 2. Mr Isara said the business community would like to see a democratic election because current political uprising had caused a great economic impact on the country. Business leaders want to see negotiations and no more clashes between the people. The private sector has offered to host a series of forums to help find solutions to the current political deadlock. The meeting with red-shirt leaders on Wednesday was the second meeting, but private sector groups still have reached no conclusion as to whether they will be able to use the 40 days remaining to the set general election in which to collect all opinions from different parties.
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