They also believe any type of force such as a military coup is absolutely unacceptable.
MR Pridiyadhorn Devakula, a former finance minister and Bank of
"The change in politics that makes the opposite side come out to oppose a new government, as happened when the red shirts came out to protest against the Abhisit Vejjajiva government in 2010, is absolutely not the way to overcome the situation," said
"I disagree with any force being used or a silent coup. It would just mean an exit from one crisis to another crisis.
"All sides seriously need to set a panel for discussion, and everyone has to take one step back, otherwise we'll get struck in this situation with no way out."
Meanwhile, Tawatchai Yongkittikul, secretary-general of the
He also agrees with
Mr Tawatchai said he cannot predict the future or whether a silent coup will occur. The country needs a method that can solve deep social conflict. Reform is essential along with a strong controlling system to handle the corruption problem.
Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of the
"Greater damage will be caused to the country if the caretaker government continues sidestepping to address the issue," he said.
Small businesses and retailers have now started feeling the pinch from tight liquidity, while several hotels in many provinces and
Working hours of workers in hotels face being cut, he added.
"It's very worrisome if the political protests continue, as eventually it will affect long-term foreign investment and prompt foreign investors to shift to other countries instead,"
He urged the government to speed up selling its rice stocks to raise proceeds to repay farmers.
But Kriengkrai Thiennukul, a vice-chairman of the
He said MR Pridiyadhorn can suggest her stepping down as one of the options, but Ms Yingluck should not be threatened by anyone.
"We are neutral on the political situation, but having said that, the country cannot continue like this," he said.
The political conflict has already created a very bad image for
"Even in the past when a coup happened, many companies understood it, but it was not acceptable to them or other democratic countries," said
"The prolonged political conflict has created uncertainty in the economy and among international investors."
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