Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thailand: Army Chief asks all sides to help solve southern violence

Source: Government of Thailand

NARATHIWAT, 29 January 2013 (NNT) - Army Commander-in-Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has visited Narathiwat Province to give moral support to the locals after over 300 shools reopened on Monday amidst tight security.

During his visit, General Prayuth gave moral support to the teachers and students. In the meantime, he urged all security units to tighten up security measures.

Last week, a teacher was shot dead in front of students, causing the Narathiwat teachers' federation to close over 300 schools across the province in fear of teachers' safety. The schools re-opened on Monday.

According to General Prayuth, history is just a story to learn from; not something to bring up to cause chaos. He told all sides to look at the future and how to bring about peace. He also urged the people to monitor and report to authorities any suspected movements to help tackle the violence in the Deep South.

In related news, more than 10 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Mayo, Panare, and Palas Districts of Pattani have been torched by insurgents. Investigation is now underway.

Earlier, on January 14th, nearly 80 CCTVs in Yala were also burned. Officials have been unable to determine the motives of the incidents.