NSC: Peace talks still on April 29

The next round of peace talks with representatives of separatist groups will be held as scheduled on April 29 in Malaysia, National Security Council (NSC) secretary general Paradorn Pattanathabut said on Thursday.

  • Published: 11/04/2013 at 12:25 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Lt Gen Paradorn said he had received confirmation from Malaysian authorities, who are facilitating the talks, that the date set for the next round would remain unchanged. It would not be affected by the coming general election.

Malaysians go to the polls to elect their next government on May 5.

The violence has shown no sign of declining in the far South since the talks began, with frequent bombings and killings.

National army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha had asked security forces to be more vigilant during his visit to the  southern border region on Wednesday, Lt Gen Paradorn said.

"It is noticeable that the militants' targets for attacks have lately been government officials. So they have been warned to be more careful," Lt Gen Paradorn said.

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