NSC: Other groups want to join talks
National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanathabut says he believes other southern insurgent groups also want to take part in the peace talks between the government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement.
- Published: 22/04/2013 at 01:03 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Cloth banners bearing a message opposing the peace talks found on Monday morning at many spots in Narathiwat province were actually a signal sent by those groups that they were keen to participate in the talks, he said.
Lt-Gen Paradorn was replying to reporters' questions whether the banners - declaring there could be no peace in the South unless the people living there endorse it - were an indication that the situation would become more violent.
He said those who put up the banners only wanted to express a different opinion.
The Thai delegation he leads is open for talks with other groups, in order to know what they want, Lt-Gen Paradorn said. He confirmed that the next round of talks would still be held on April 29 in Malaysia.
He said some separatist groups had indicated their interest in joining the peace talks through the centre for the implementation of policies and strategies for solving problems in the southern border provinces chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.
The NSC chief said the local people had continued to show support for the talks.
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