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DEEP SOUTH
OIC Ready to Support Peace Dialogues on the Southern Situation

5 March 2018 (Readers 459)

 
The Spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), Region 4, Forward, Colonel Pramote Prom-in, said that the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) is ready to support peace dialogues to tackle problems in the southern border provinces.
 
Colonel Pramote referred to the visit of a delegation from OIC to Thailand from 27 February to 1 March 2018 to observe the southern situation. He said that the delegation was pleased with the Thai governments policy and operations, which have improved the situation in the deep South.
 
 IOC believed that the tackling of problems in the deep South by Thailand could be used as a model for other countries and regions. It also acknowledged that unrest in the South is Thailands internal issue.
 
Colonel Pramote stressed that the conflict in the deep South is not about religion, as Muslim Thais enjoy full state support and are free to teach and practice their religion. He said that OIC commended the ISOC, Region 4, Forward, for its project "Bringing People Back Home.
 
The project is intended to encourage persons holding different views to those of the state and those who have been misled into creating unrest to return home to lead a normal life with their families. Persons joining this project will be allowed to go through the legal process to clear their cases. The Government will ensure justice for them, and all relevant agencies are ready to give a helping hand.
 
The project is a way to promote the tackling of conflict through peaceful means. IOC also wants local Muslims in the deep South to pay greater attention to basic and vocational education, which will provide them with more occupational opportunities.
 
The Government regards the resolving of the southern situation as one of the countrys national priorities. It adjusts the management of the southern situation from time to time in order to resolve the problems more effectively.
 
 
Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations Department, Office of the Prime Minister
9 Rama VI Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Fax : (+66) 2618 2358 E-mail : prforeign@prd.go.th
 
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