South emergency decree extended

The committee for the administration of the emergency situation on Thursday proposed to extend the emergency decree in force in most areas of the southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat for another three months.

The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok and attended by Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri and representatives of the Interior and Defence ministries, National Security Council, National Intelligency Agency and other security agencies.

It was agreed at the meeting that the emergency decree in the three southern border provinces should be extended for another three months from Dec 20 to March 19 next year.

The meeting proposed that the emergency decree in Yala's Kabang district be replaced by the Internal Security Act as earlier done in Pattani's Mae Lan district because the area is considered safe from the insurgency.

Today's decision will be forwarded to the cabinet for endorsement.

National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said the peace talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and other insurgent groups would continue later, even though the government is now in a caretaker role.

However, the date for the next round of talks had not yet been fixed.  

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