Thailand seeks political solution to insurgency

Thailand seeks political solution to insurgency –, January 23, 2012
…That same year, 2006, a former Thai prime minister, Anand Panyarachun, headed a reconciliation commission which recommended that Yawi be recognized as an official language in the south and be a medium of education in the schools.
The idea was briskly dismissed by Prem Tinsulanonda, a former head of the army who is senior adviser to King Bhu-mibol Adulyadej and who was a key figure in the military coup later that year that ousted the prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
“This country is Thai and the language is Thai,” he is reported to have said.
“We have to be proud to be Thai and have the Thai language as the sole national language.”
That view no longer predominates…

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