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Deep South Watch
Deep South Watch | ศูนย์เฝ้าระวังสถานการณ์ภาคใต้
The budget of 3 billion baht for the next five years is just strategic support
"If the Thai state continues to use the same policy that relies primarily on its security forces to bring peace to the region, the cost of the state’s investment will require approximately an additional 235,984 million baht, bringing the total sum of the state’s security expenditures since 2004 to approximately 345,280 million baht. This security-focused strategy will also require another five to ten years to resolve the problems.”
Will the Thai state accept a special form of administration for the region?
"Should a unified, standard mode of governance still be applied to a region with unique characteristics, or should a new mode be implemented in an effort to reduce the unabated violence and long-standing conflict? How can reforms be made that lead to peace?"
Half a decade of violence and conflict resolution amid confusion
During five years of the resurging violence from January 2004 to December 2008, there were 8,541 violent incidents, causing 3,287 deaths and 5,409 injuries. Although violence seems to have declined since June 2007 when over 60,000 military and security forces were deployed in the deep South, the trend still fluctuates and continues. Violence has been reflected in many forms of physical attacks including shooting, bombing, arson and vandalism.