I wish to refer to the article “Thai military junta playing a dangerous blame game” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun, published in the Sept. 1 issue, and wish to make the following clarifications:
Immediately after the series of bombing attacks occurred on Aug. 11 and 12, a few days after Thailand’s constitutional referendum, the prime minister, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, expressed his deep regrets for the incidents and condemned the perpetrators committing such a tragic crime, yet did not place blame on any specific persons.
The Thai government has instructed relevant agencies to tighten up security measures to prevent any further incidents. At the same time, the investigation process is being expedited to bring the culprits to justice. However, at this stage, the incident is not linked to terrorism but is seen to be an act of creating a public disturbance.
It is too soon to conclude that the insurgent attacks are caused by the separatist groups in the southern border provinces of Thailand, as the authorities are still investigating the evidence and possible motives behind the attacks.
Premature speculation on such a sensitive matter can only worsen the situation. It is best to let the relevant authorities carry out their duties. I wish to offer reassurances that the government is working intensely to resolve the situation.
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