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Thai PM: Elections possible in 2011

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BANGKOK, July 17 (UPI) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told a visiting U.S. official he hopes to hold an election in early 2011, a spokesman says.

Abhisit and Under-Secretary of State William Burns discussed Thailand’s political situation during a meeting Friday, the Bangkok Post reported. Panitan Wattanayagorn, the spokesman, said Burns told the prime minister the United States supports efforts at reconciliation.

“Genuine reconciliation and respecting human rights are the keys to bringing Thailand back to normal,” Burns said.

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