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Chalerm won't talk with rebel bosses in Malaysia

NSC chief says trip focus is cooperation on South

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Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung's visit to Malaysia will not involve talks with southern separatist leaders, National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradon Pattanathaboot said Tuesday. 

Chalerm Yubamrung He said the three-day visit ending tomorrow is to seek Malaysia's cooperation in tackling the separatist movement in Thailand's deep South.Lt Gen Paradon, speaking before leaving for Malaysia Tuesday, said the cooperation would focus on a broad bilateral engagement. The visit's agenda would not include meetings with separatist leaders, he said.The delegates are due to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Thursday and they will request the Malaysian leader's help in resolving the southern unrest.Malaysia will be asked for broad cooperation, as in-depth work to restore peace in the far South was already under way."If we look at the success in solving Malaysian insurgencies in the past, credit can be given to Thailand's cooperation," Lt Gen Paradon said."Similarly, success in solving unrest in Thailand's southernmost provinces requires cooperation from Malaysia."In Yala Tuesday, security forces were mobilised to inspect a hole in the middle of a local road. They suspect insurgents planned to plant a bomb in the hole.Residents spotted the hole in Ban Joh Leemat of tambon Asong in Raman district Tuesday morning.Security...

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