Yingluck favours peaceful means to tackle Deep South unrest

April 25, 2013
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BANGKOK, Thailand – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with senior security officials Wednesday (April 24th) and instructed state agencies to use peaceful means to resolve escalating violence in the Deep South provinces, local media reported.

She urged the Centre to Mobilise Policy and Strategy to Solve Problems in the Southern Border Provinces to quickly and clearly define areas in the region to facilitate the implementation of various development projects, MCOT Online reported.

National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattatabut, who attended the meeting, said the prime minister repeatedly ordered security officials to resolve the southern crisis in a peaceful manner.

According to the Bangkok Post, Yingluck said time is needed to build trust. "We have no other choice," she said. "We will have to endure violence longer if there are no talks. The dialogue will at least help authorities tackle the problem."

She was referring to the recently launched dialogue with representatives of the rebel group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN). Those talks will resume on Monday.

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