Yutthasak, army chief visit Deep South

July 10, 2012
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PATTANI, Thailand – Deputy Prime Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapha and Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha met with Deep South security officials at the Sirindhorn army base in Pattani's Yarang district on Monday (July 9th), Thai media reported.

The pair received a briefing on the current situation in the region and conveyed six urgent strategies for dealing with the insurgency, Yutthasak told reporters, according to The Nation.

Police and soldiers in the region have been ordered to step up security during Ramadan, which begins July 20th, and to speed up more than 300 development projects over the next few months, The Nation said.

A new government-established committee is driving the policy and strategies, using a new budget set aside for development and security operations, according to MCOT Online.

Officials will also work to halt the smuggling of explosive devices across the border, including deploying soldiers, and will discuss border co-operation with Malaysia to ensure the safety of those crossing the border, it said.

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