Kowit to discuss restive south with related units

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BANGKOK, 26 August 2011 – Deputy Prime Minister Police General Kowit Wattana is preparing to discuss southern insurgency with related ministries, especially those under his supervision to put an end to the problem. 

Police General Kowit stressed that the government wants to put an end to southern violence and enhance understanding with local people. He personally viewed that the problem has been accumulated for a long time and therefore it is not right to blame security officers alone.

The deputy prime minister believed that it is important to ensure justice and fairness for local people. He said he will seek talks with related ministries and units in an effort to reduce violence and ensure progress of the government policy on the issue.

Police General Kowit has been assigned to oversee the Ministries of Social Development and Human Security, Natural Resources and Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Culture, Science and Technology, Education and Public Health.

Other units under his supervision are the Office of the National Research Council, the Royal Institute, the Office of the Royal Development Projects Boards, the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council.

Apart from the southern unrest, the deputy prime minister added that he is now working on solutions to the Map Ta Phut industrial estate, and he has summoned Rayong Governor Sayoomporn Limthai to discuss difficulties in the problem to find solutions accordingly.