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Southerners hail peace talks

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The majority of people in the far South agree with the ongoing peace dialogue between Thai authorities and separatists, according to a survey conducted by Deep South Watch, which monitors the southern violence. 

A survey of 1,800 people was conducted in the three southern border provinces and four districts of Songkhla a week before the Thai government delegation and the separatists held their first round of formal peace talks on March 28 in Malaysia, asking them if they agreed and had confidence in the peace process.

Sixty-seven per cent of the respondents said they wanted and accepted the peace talks, DSW director Srisompob Jitpiromsri revealed on Sunday. The remaining 33 per cent did not agreed with it and thought security authorities should not have negotiated with the southern rebels.  

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