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Malaysia key to South fight, NSC chief says

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Malaysia's collaboration will be crucial to Thailand's efforts in ending insurgent violence in the deep South, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr says. 

"If Malaysia doesn't allow [insurgent] leaders and militants to flee across the border, that's good collaboration. Or if it cooperates when we ask for the hand-over of certain individuals," he said. "Such cooperation will eventually define an approach to deal with the problem."

Security officials had earlier voiced fears that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will try to formalise peace talks with southern separatists during her visit to Malaysia this week.

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