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Caretaker PM Yingluck says separatism impossible

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 3 - 2014
BANGKOK, Mar 3 – Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today reasserted her opposition to dividing Thailand and called on all factions to avoid violating the law.
She said the army could investigate allegations against the red shirt idea of separatism but it must probe all factions to ensure justice.
The interim premier was referring to an order by Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha to the Third Region Army Command to file charges of separatism against the red shirt Sor Por Por Lanna group.
Gen Prayuth sent out the order in his capacity as deputy commander of the Internal Security Operations Command, thus not requiring him to report to Ms Yingluck who is concurrently caretaker defence minister.
Ms Yingluck said the government did not advocate separatism and believed that such a move would not take place.
“Separatism must be launched by a major movement, not by a particular group. We have to investigate if there is such a movement,” she said.
Asked if she would warn red shirt activists for such an activity, Ms Yingluck said every wrongdoing faction, not only the red shirts, must be warned and the army is welcome to check but it must check every group for fairness and equality.
She said she has yet to monitor the situation given the relocation of rallies to Lumpini Park to determine if the state of emergency would be revoked.
The Centre for Mainintaing Peace and Order and security officials will assess the situation before a decision is made, said the caretaker premier.
She said police were ordered to investigate the use of explosives and war weapons in attacks which have occurred daily. (MCOT online news)

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