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NSC chief pays visit to deep South

Govt peace talks plan likely to stay, he says

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National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Thawil Pliensri paid a visit to the deep South on Sunday, his first since being reinstated to the post, but in a surprising move unveiled no changes to the government's security policy. 

Changes to the government's peace talks with separatist groups had been expected, as Mr Thawil had been a vocal critic of the policy before he lost his job in a contested job transfer in 2011.

Visiting Pattani, the NSC chief said the southern insurgency was one of his top security concerns.

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