Update: NSC ready for peace talks
Banners calling for peace, unity and a Pattani state were put up at 17 spots in five districts of Narathiwat on Tuesday morning, as the government finalised arrangements for Thursday's first-round peace talks with insurgent leaders.
- Published: 26/03/2013 at 12:56 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The talks will take place in Malaysia on Thursday, March 28.
Pol Maj Gen Wichai Kasemwong, chief of Narathiwat police force, said the banners were found in Muang, Cho Airong, Rangae, Yingo districts.
Police cut off mobile phone and radio signals in the area before taking down the banners, for fear they could be booby trapped. The banners were safely removed.
Pol Lt Col Somchai Phanom-ubprakarn, deputy police chief at Muang Narathiwat police station, said the militants who put up the banners might have links with those who put up similar banners in Pattani on Monday.
NSC chief Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanathabut said membership of the state’s 15-strong negotiation team for first-round peace talks with representatives of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) movement and other insurgent groups has been finalised.
Lt Gen Paradorn said it is not necessary to propose the name list to the cabinet meeting for approval as the cabinet had already given in-principle approval to the setting up of the negotiation team.
Lt Gen Paradorn said, as the head of the team, he will periodically report on the peace talks’ progress to the prime minister.
He would meet with his team members this afternoon to finalise preparations before traveling to Malaysia on Wednesday.
Asked about the posting of banners calling for peace, unity and a Pattani state in Pattani’s Nong Chik on Monday, Lt Gen Paradorn said they were putup by militants in the area who had different ideas.
He did not view the incident as worrying. State security units were capable of keeping the situation under control.
Citing a security source, Matichon online reported that some of the negotiation team’s members are Lt Gen Paradorn, secretary general of the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre Pol Col Thawee Sodsong, deputy permanent secretary for defence Gen Nipat Thonglek, chief of the Special Branch Police Pol Lt Gen Sarithchai Anekwiang, a representative of the Internal Security Operations Command Maj Gen Nakrop Boonbuathong and director of the Office of Peace and Governance at King Prajadhipok's Institute Gen Ekachai Srivilas.
The other members are representatives of academics from universities, and residents and religious leaders in the far South.
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