Government to step up work to resolve insurgency
Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa said on Tuesday that the government would instruct all concerned agencies to integrate their efforts in tackling violence in the deep south border region, while threatening to withdraw the budget allocated to agencies if performance fails to meet the desired levels.
The deputy premier made the remark ahead of the first meeting of the newly established strategic committee responsible for the strife-torn southern border provinces this afternoon to prepare for a workshop with all concerned agencies scheduled for Thursday.
Thai News Agency quoted Yutthasak as saying from now on, a politically driven approach would lead the military operations.
"We will instruct concerned ministries. Eight years have passed but there has not been much progress in tackling problems in the far South due to a lack of continuity in policies towards the region and lack of integration in related bodies," the deputy premier stated.
Gen Yuthasak said performance assessments would be made every three months, and if any ministry cannot achieve the goal set in the strategic framework, the budget that has been allocated to it will be returned to the government.
The deputy premier added that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be informed of the failed performance of the assigned ministry and this can also be considered as the personal failure of the minister.
Regarding the recent grenade attack at a Red Cross Fair in Narathiwat municipality, which injured one soldier and five local residents, Gen Yuthasak said an investigation is underway but he believed the assailants were the same persons who had launched previous attacks to create a daily disturbance in the region.
More than 5,000 people, including civilians, soldiers, government officials and insurgents have been killed since violence erupted in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat in 2004.