Army Chief General Prayuth Cha-ocha said the SBPAC would hold a meeting among its members to look into the BRN’s demands, which were proposed last week. Unless Thailand heeded its demands, the group would not enter the next round of peace talks, the militant group said.
According to the Army chief, whatever Thailand decides to do, it will be carried out under the Constitution. He has so far discussed the matter with the Internal Security Operation Center on how to get the best from the negotiation, as several rounds of talks in the past have not been fruitful.
He said the ongoing violence in the Deep South was due to the fact that the militant group did not receive what it had bargained for. Soldiers and police officers have always had to be vigilant and ready to protect the lives of residents in the restive south. A few ideas have also been proposed to the Army chief that it use a satellite and an invisible plane to monitor the insurgent movements.
General Prayuth said the ideas are being considered at the moment whether they can be used in Thailand, given its geographical factors and the difficulty in distinguishing insurgents from local residents by their appearances. He said police and army forces will still play a major role in restoring peace the restive south.