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Yingluck, Thai officials to discuss restive South measures

Published on Aug 5, 2012 5:18 PM

THAILAND (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will discuss measures to tackle the southern unrest, as well as gaps in the current security effort, with related agencies at a workshop on Wednesday, while Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapha reiterated that a proposed curfew in the region had yet to be approved by the Army Region 4 chief.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai Party deputy spokesman Jirayu Huangsap revealed that the government planned to provide additional aid for low-ranking soldiers in the three southernmost provinces.

The region, as well as Songkhla's Hat Yai Airport, has seen security beefed up recently.

Gen Yutthasak said during a phone interview on Saturday that the workshop, hosted by the newly established operations centre to deal with southern unrest, would be attended by Army, police and related officials, as well as 17 ministers or their representatives, who would offer suggestions about the centre's operations. The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) and the National Security Council would then draft an operation plan.

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