Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Phromnok has assigned the National Security Council and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center to ponder over the details of the BRN’s demands one more time, before presenting their findings at an upcoming meeting of leaders of various agencies tasked with solving the problem of the Deep South. Input will also be sought from local residents regarding their thoughts about the BRN’s demands. Thai authorities will then discuss their findings with the BRN. Police General Pracha added he also wanted to hear the opinion of the military, and this may involve an internal discussion that will likely take place this week.
Army Commander-in-Chief Prayut Chan-ocha, meanwhile, indicated that it was necessary to station soldiers in the restive southern border provinces, which were still experiencing violence. According to General Prayut, the 5 demands made by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgency group were unacceptable, but that the peace dialogue with the group needed to be continued. However, he noted that any solution to the southern unrest needed to be implemented without violating Thailand’s Constitution.
Violence in the Deep South continued on Monday, when a bomb exploded on a patrol of Rangers in Cho-airong district of Narathiwat. One soldier was wounded.