Yingluck Shinawatra said that the peace process is necessary and time is a vital factor in paving the way towards improving the situation in the deep south.
The dialogue will at least help authorities tackle the problem.
Thailand’s southern provinces, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, has been troubled with the attempts by militants at a high cost of the Thai people. Civilians have been killed and maimed by militants for over a decade. Violation of human rights have been reported by both international and local agencies.
The Prime Minister has ordered state agencies to increase their efforts to prove assistance to the affected population. Some of the indicators of Yingluck’s commitment towards peace:
- Solidarity of Muslim Leaders in Thailand
- Women’s Rights and Development in Pattani
- Working for Peace in Pattani
There has been a severe neglect of community-building projects and lack of consultation between religious leaders during the premiership of the former Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. Rather than support the peace process, Abhisit and his political elite party, the Democrat Party, have repeatedly criticized the efforts of the Thai people in the south. Interestingly, his politicians are the ones holding some power in the south and have yet to prove any results towards working for peace.
Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) a militant group presently a partner to the ongoing peace process with Yingluck’s Government, needs to convince the other militant factions to lay down their arms and work towards peace. The Thai Government has shown its sincerity of peace but without compromising the safety and security of the people of the southern provinces. BRN must act now.