Before he left for a visit to Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung promised that when he returned he would have results that would improve the situation in the deep South. But it seems the most interesting news he made in the neighbouring country was to get drunk.
He made confusing statements while in Malaysia, returned to Thailand with no new ideas, and emphasised upon his return to Thailand that tackling the insurgency will take time.
The visit began with a baffling statement that he would not negotiate with southern rebels during his three-day trip. With no separatists to be seen, that was a given. From there the trip was mostly downhill. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made the usual statements: Malaysia is against separatism in Thailand, and is willing to help, if needed.
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