Peace-keeping in far South remains ISOC’s top priority this year

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BANGKOK, 31 January 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pledged that the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) will continue solving problems in the southern border provinces including drug abuse and environmental harm. 

In her capacity as the ISOC director, the PM on Thursday delivered national security policy to relevant units of the government and announced ISOC’s 2012 performance as well as its operational plan next year. Ms Yingluck said ISOC last year set up more than 1,000 anti-drug villages in 30 provinces under the campaign “Strong Community against Drugs along the Border.” 70% of the villages have passed the criteria to claim a victory over drug problems.

The Prime Minister also confirmed the situation in the deep South had a tendency to improve with decreasing violent incidents and number of lives lost. In 2011, 1,442 villages reported no violent incidents. As for ISOC’s 2013 operational plan, the PM said the unit would keep on preventing narcotic drugs, forest encroachment and environmental damage.