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Army Chief ready to step up surveillance in violence-torn Deep South

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NAKHON NAYOK, 5 August 2012 (NNT) – The Army Chief has reckoned the need to revamp security work in Thailand’s southern border area, with plans to install more surveillance system in the violence-plague region.

Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Sunday that Their Majesties the King and the Queen have expressed concerns over the situation in the Deep South, where they have been bestowing personal funds for local development projects for a long time.

Concerning the meeting with the Prime Minister on August 8th, General Prayuth stated that the discussions, which will be joined by the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) as well as other related agencies, will focus on a more integrative approach towards the restoration of peace in the Deep South and form a more efficient channel for the PM to make proper decisions for any relevant issue.

He went on to say that the imposition of the curfew rule is one of the measures to reduce losses in the conflict-ridden region, as it can separate the bad guys from the innocent people. However, General Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed that the curfew may hurt local business and, therefore, the matter still needs more deliberations before being activated.

The Army Chief also conceded that the number of security personnel in the Deep South is not sufficient to take total control of the situation, and constant adjustment will be needed to emphasize on risk areas.

He stated that more surveillance cameras will be installed in key locations, while asking for more cooperation from the public to inform the authorities about any movement by insurgents.

In addition, General Prayuth is asking the media to discreetly report on southern violence in order not to give the insurgent groups chances to manifest their stories.

Read more: NNT


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