Prime Minister Reconsiders Approach to Violence in Muslim-Dominated South

March 30, 2005

Source: BBC News

On March 30, 2005 BBC News reported, "Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has indicated that he might be prepared to follow a softer line in tackling the restive south.

Mr Thaksin, addressing a parliamentary session which is debating the southern violence, said he would provide more education and development in the area.

He said he had had time to reconsider his approach to the bloodshed during a recent family holiday.

He was responding to criticism that Bangkok had alienated the south.

'I had a lot of free time to contemplate what was right or what was wrong in what I've done,' said Mr Thaksin. 'Violence cannot be solved with violence.'"