Your editorial of March 23, "Decentralise to solve conflicts", makes the important points that decentralisation is the most promising path to peace in Thailand's troubled South, and that it would contribute to resolving other conflicts in Thai society. This first point is supported by a 2010 Asia Foundation survey of the South, which revealed a majority of the population believes that some form of local self-government might solve the conflict. The second point is supported by the Foundation's 2009 national survey, where 75% said they would prefer elected rather than appointed governors. While decentralisation may seem threatening to vested interests, both academic research and recent experience in Myanmar suggests that reduction in conflict and improvements in the quality of governance ultimately benefit everyone.
Students from the southern region visit Government House recently. There is a growing consensus that decentralisation is the key to solving conflicts in the strifetorn region. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
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