Army chief visits troubled southern border region

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BANGKOK, July 9 – Deputy Prime Minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa and  Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha are visiting Yala and Pattani provinces Monday to measure progress on policy implementation and to be briefed on the latest situation report.

A new government-established committee is driving the policy and strategies to tackle southern violence and decided in two meetings to implement some 300 projects using a new budget set aside for development and security operations.

The Army has reviewed the budget spending in the past three months to ensure the new budget allocation will be directed to the need and will be effective.

Regarding security at border, the army chief said officials will work to halt smuggling of explosive devices across the border.

The plan to deploy soldiers along the border will be adjusted as suitable to the current situation. Thai officials will further discuss border cooperation with the neighbouring country to ensure the safety of those crossing the border.