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06 August 2006 :: 14:08:52 pm 30123

Thailand, Democrat Party leader urges PM to revise policy on southern violence

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat Party leader, Aug 6 Sunday renewed his call for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to find more constructive measures to solve violence in the deep South as people there are now living in fear.
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    The Democrat Party leader, expressing his sorrow to the family of an outgoing senator representing the troubled southern province of Narathiwat who was shot and seriously wounded early Sunday, Mr. Abhisit said the incident showed that rather than solving the problem, violence in the deep South was still fierce.

    The government should review and revise proposals on solving the violence in the region made by the now disbanded National Reconciliation Commission and implement them.

    He said he could see people in deep South were living in fear and distrust each other when he visited the region recently and an implementing policy would be the first aid solving the trouble.

    “What I can do is to request (the government). It‘s not a political issue as it is only amending the policy because the situation has deteriorated,” Mr. Abhisit said. “I think losses in each day cannot be estimated.”

    He said empowering army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin to tackle the southern insurgency alone was not enough and it was necessary to “overhaul strategy” on dealing with the unrest which has seen more bloodshed since January 2004.

    His statement followed yesterday‘s strong remarks by Defense Minister Gen. Thammarak Isarangura Na Ayutthaya advising the army chief to contain the violence there with stronger action against the insurgents.

    Gen. Thammarak said “the authorities must learn how to hit back instead of just permitting the insurgents to hit them,” and that “sweet talk alone” did no good.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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