Tuesday , August 3 2021

Thailand Wants BRN Rebel Group to Participate in Southern Peace Talks

Thailand's military government on Wednesday urged all elements of the country's deepest separatist group to participate in the peace talks mediated by Malaysia's deep south.

Thailand's deputy prime minister and defense chief, Prawit Wongsuwan, said that all the parties in the National Revolution Front rebel group or BRN must participate in the negotiations to resolve the uprising that killed nearly 7,000 people in the past 14 years.

"Most of the rebel movements were involved in the negotiations, but the BRN was the only one who didn't participate," Prawit told reporters.

Prawit apparently talked about BRN's military wing.

”The political wing joined,“ he said. “We want all the movements we can talk to.“

Analysts say a senior Thai government official is too unusual to talk about BRN. Thai officials often call the southern insurgents 'opponents'.

Last month, Thailand's new chief negotiator in the peace process, Udomchai Thammasarorat, said the nation of the Buddhist majority was open to talks with "all opposition groups".

Prawit said after meeting with Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu, who left his two-day visit to Bangkok on Wednesday.

Deep South covers the four regions of the province of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, Muslim and Malay speaking and extends along the northern border of Malaysia.

Prawit said after meeting with Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu, who left his two-day visit to Bangkok on Wednesday.

Malaysia facilitates peace talks between the Thai government and MARA Patani. This group is an umbrella group that claims to negotiate on behalf of all the south rebel groups, including the BRN representatives in its panel.

Earlier, Mohamad Sabu told reporters that his first official visit to Thailand would focus on the resolution of the Deep South conflict. Many citizens living in the deep southern states have family ties living with the Malaysians, especially in the border countries of Perlis, Kelantan and Kedah.

"We need to find the best solution in Southern Thailand that affects both countries, so negotiations, defense diplomacy and a variety of other ways," Mohamad Sabu told Malaysian news agency Malaysia on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Mohamad Sabu spent about 45 minutes to discuss bilateral security concerns with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha in the Government Building in Bangkok, a spokesman for the government's spokeswoman, General Werachon Sukhondhapatipak, told reporters.

Last month, the Bangkok newspaper, The Nation, said unidentified members of the BRN did not warn the leaders that they were not interested in joining MARA Patani at the negotiating table and were in danger of endangering Malaysia's role in the negotiations.

Abil These so-called peace practitioners would not understand that they can play alongside this shrewd strategy of Thailand, called the indigenous and foreign,. A BRN operator told the newspaper.

The BRN members also expressed concern that the pressure of Malaysia to bring them to the table could undermine peace efforts in the long run.

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