Chalerm leads delegation to Malaysia for talks on Thailand’s South

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BANGKOK, Jan 8 – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung leaves for Kuala Lumpur today for talks with high-level Malaysian officials on cooperation to maintain peace in Thailand’s troubled far South.

He said he is scheduled to meet with the Malaysian interior minister and security officials to discuss peace-keeping measures for southern Thailand.

He would not disclose details of the planned meeting but gave assurances that the southern situation will improve.

Mr Chalerm is scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday and is accompanied by senior Thai officials including Thai Army Chief-of-Staff Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, Fourth Army Region commander, the national police chief, the secretary general of the National Security Council, the secretary general of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and officials responsible for dealing with the southern problem.

He will also meet with operators of Thai restaurants in Malaysia who have associated under the Tom Yum Kung group tomorrow.

The deputy premier said he will visit the South in the middle of this month.