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Prayuth to head new structure for deep South

Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha will head the new structure for administering the southern border provinces, it was announced on Thursday.

Prayuth on Thursday approved the new structure for the management of southern border provinces, said Col Banphot Pooppian, the spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command

Banphot said Prayuth saw that the new structure would better facilitate operations to solve problems and tackle insurgency in the southern border provinces.

He said the new structure would also integrate the operations of all agencies from the policy-level to the field operation level.

The new structure has three levels - the policy level, the intermediary committee and the field operation level.

The policy-level structure is headed by Prayuth himself and has the National Security Council as its advisor, Banphot said.

The policy board will be in charge of drawing policies for dealing with the situation in the deep South.

The intermediary committee is chaired by the deputy Army chief and has the NSC secretary general as its secretary. It will be in charge of integrating operations of all agencies.

The operation level will be under the responsibility of the ISOC Area 4, Banphot said.


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