Prayuth conveys PM's concerns

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants all officials in the far South to closely follow operational plans to ensure security during the long Songkran holiday, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday.

  • Published: 10/04/2013 at 01:11 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

He would convey the prime minister's instructions during his visit to the far South today, he said before departing from Bangkok.

He was accompanied by Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa, the prime minister's adviser.

Gen Prayuth was due to meet with commanders of units under Region 4 Isoc and receive a situation briefing from Lt-Gen Sakol Chuentrakul, the 4th Army commander, at a meeting in Pattani's Yarang district.

He would also meet with local people and religious leaders at the the central mosque of Yala province and convey to them the prime minister's concerns.

Asked to comment on the possibily the second round of talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and other separatist groups set for April 29 could be postponed, Gen Prayuth said this was a matter for  Lt-Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut, secretary-general of  the National Security Council (NSC).

The army is tasked with providing information and opinion to help the NSC-led Thai delegation during the talks, he said.

"There are many problems in the far South, not just one. We won't talk about a separation of the land because that is not going to happen.

"I think we should concentrate on what can be done to achieve a sustainable peace and ensure the people are satisfied with the government's plans for development [of the region]," Gen Prayuth said.

The army chief said that in his opinion no concession sshould be offered to those who had broken the law and were wanted for many offences.

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