The Democratic Voice of Burma is carrying a short report that quotes Nitya Pibulsonggram, Thailand’s junta appointed foreign minister. The DVB can, I should note in passing, often be counted on for provocative and informative commentary on a huge range of matters.

In response to questions about encouraging democracy in Burma, Nitya reportedly said:

“Burma is next door to us, we will maintain our relationship in the context of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and as a neighbour…Encouraging democracy in neighbouring countries is a good thing and we have to set an example for them…actions speak louder than words…Thailand would like to govern itself and adhere to principles of democracy, freedom and rule by law, and we would encourage this for our friends”

“Encouraging democracy”. “Setting an example”. “Actions speak louder than words”. “Principles”. “Our friends”.

Diplomatic speak does have its own peculiar charms.