BANGKOK, 9 July 2012 – Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapa has instructed security units to provide extra safety for Thai Muslims in the South and prevent insurgent attacks from occurring during the upcoming Ramadan.
During his trip to the South of Thailand to attend a meeting with the local security units, Gen Yutthasak told the officials to prioritize 29 strategic approaches to maintain peace in the southernmost region, especially during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan from July 20-August 20, 2012. He also reiterated how important it is to adhere to the 6 joint policies in keeping the situation under control.
Meanwhile, regarding the 49 Thai nationals, who have been arrested by Burmese authorities for illegal entry, the deputy premier assured that the group will be released in the near future. He insisted that none of them has committed any crime and did not attempt to grow marijuana in Myanmar’s territory as accused.
Gen Yutthasak is scheduled to travel to Myanmar on July 12 to discuss this matter with the Burmese officials. He affirmed that this issue will be resolved before the Burmese President pays Thailand an official visit on July 22.