New Bill Looks for Peace in Southern Thailand

The Nation reports that Thailand’s national Army Commander-in-Chief, General Anupong Paochinda, on Tuesday expressed confidence that the newly-defined Southern Border Province Administrative Centre (SBPAC) will contribute to authorities’ efforts to restore peace in the country’s deep South.

The bill will remove the agency from the jurisdiction under the Thai Ministry of Interior to be directly under the Premier.

“The works there will be improved,” General Anupong said.

In the deep south of Thailand more than 3,500 people have been killed by suspected separatists since January 2004.

The SBPAC is looking to fight some of the action happening in southern border provinces as Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and some four districts of Songkhla, including Chana, Thepha, Na Thawi, and Saba Yoi.

SBPAC as set up in 2006 targeting to re-establish peace for the South.

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