Carrot-and-Stick for Deep South Situation, Suggested Danish Diplomat

Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller on Wednesday, March 14 recommended Thai government to use carrot-and-stick measures to deal with the insurgency in the deep south of Thailand, according to the Nation newspaper.
Thai Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram was also inquired by his Danish counterpart on the ongoing violence by Muslim separatists in the three provinces of southern Thailand at the bilateral talk between the two countries during the 16th Asean-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) in Nuremburg, Germany, on March 14 -15.
The Danish envoy afterwards agreed with Nitya’s emphasis on the peaceful measures using by Thai government which need a development element in the solution to the problem, particularly on providing secular education to the religious students.
Meanwhile, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt also expressed interest in the political situation in Thailand and requested Thai government to stick to its own time-line in drafting the constitution which will lead to the general election.
The AEMM is the first opportunity for Thai Foreign Minister to explain directly, instead of going through the Thailand’s European-based diplomats, to the EU about the real situation in Thailand before and after the military coup last year.

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