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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