There will be no decrease in military operations and enforcement of special security laws until the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement ends the violence in the far South, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday.
Gen Prayuth said this before leaving Bangkok for an inspection trip to Pattani and Yala provinces.
Responding to reporters' questions about the peace talks with the BRN he said the media should not attach such importance to this matter.
The peace talks were intended to enable various groups with different views to express their opinions, and to allow the international community to see that Thailand is sincere in wanting to solve the problems in the southern border provinces.
However, the continued violence and violations of the law were unacceptable.
The BRN is duty-bound to ask the splinter groups to stop the violence, he said.
As long as the violence continues, there will not be a decrease in military operations or implementation of special security laws, Gen Prayuth said.