While peace talks between the authorities led by the National Security Council (NSC) and insurgent groups have begun, dialogue in the far South has been pushed by the King Prajadhipok's Institute (KPI) for more than six years. Gen Ekachai Srivilas, the director of KPI's Peace and Governance Bureau, a key promoter of the dialogue, discusses how that dialogue progressed to the point of the talks beginning.
Can you give people an idea about the KPI's move to push for dialogue to deal with the violence in the South?
It began with a KPI course involving about 20 people based in or working in the South in which they exchanged their views with others outside the region. We later worked on decentralisation issues with the Political Development Council and Chulalongkorn and Prince of Songkla universities.
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