ISOC believes more insurgents will come round

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BANGKOK, 26 February 2013 The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 has expressed confidence in the government’s policy on the unrest in the southern border provinces, believing more insurgents will turn themselves in under the Internal Security Act. 

Spokesman of ISOC Region 4 Col. Pramote Phrom-in said the situation in the Deep South was improving following the government’s efforts to create an understanding and bring good people back to the society in accordance with Section 21 of the Internal Security Act. After some insurgents recently decided to surrender to authorities, he expected that more of them would soon follow suit.

Although the situation in the region might seem violent at times, crime statistics during the last ten years suggested that there were only 8,000 national security cases from more than 100,000 cases, the spokesman said.

According Col. Pramote, military forces in the southern border provinces will be gradually replaced by police forces in April this year. In May, 3,400 more police officers will be stationed in local police stations to support the work of special operation military units.