Regional chiefs 'can impose curfew'

Army commanders in the southern border provinces have been empowered to impose a short curfew in a limited area to maintain order as they see fit.

"When violence occurs, the commanders of the Fourth Regional Army and the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 may impose a curfew and then report to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)," said Col Bunpot Poonpian, spokesperson of the Internal Security Operations Command, after meeting with NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday.

"It could be from 9pm to 3am which does not affect rubber-tapping time," he said.

Security officials are adjusting the peace talks process by coordinating with Malaysia, Col Bunpot said.

"Let's have a common understanding that Thailand is a single, inseparable state. This applies not only to areas and borders but also administration," he said.

"The existing local administration structure is appropriate. If there is anything that needs to be changed, it's personnel," he said.

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