NSC: No evidence parties funding South violence

NSC: No evidence parties funding South violence

The National Security Council has received no reports that political parties are funding violence in the southern border provinces, as claimed by Gen Tawatchai Samutsakhon, a National Reform Council member and former commander of the 2nd Army Region, NSC secretary-general Anusit Kunakorn said on Wednesday.

Mr Anusit said this when asked to comment on Gen Tawatchai's remarks.

The former 2nd Army chief claimed that two political parties he did not name were linked to recent violence in the far South.  Claiming to cite intelligence reports, Gen Tawatchai said there was evidence suggesting funds were being allocated to instigate violence to oust the interim government.

His allegations were met with outraged denials from the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties.

The NSC chief said the security agency had received no information to substantiate Gen Tawatchai's claims.

He said the insurgency in the far South derived from a conflict of opinions which led to the formation of the separatist movement, which has been closely watched by the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

Mr Anusit was speaking before his departure for China to observe the treatment of Uighur illegal migrants repatriated to China by Thai authorities.

A total of 109 Uighur were returned to China last Thursday after 172 others were sent to Turkey for resettlement.  The repatriation of the Uighurs to China drew heavy criticism of Thailand from international organisations, which said the returnees would certainly face persecution.

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