Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat says the demands of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) for a Ramadan ceasefire make a truce highly unlikely, while the chief of the Thai peace talks delegation was also pessimistic.
A call by the chief BRN negotiator for the withdrawal of Thai troops and police deployed to the far South, along with Muslim regulations stronger than in Malaysia are "incorrect, insincere and unacceptable," said the defence minister.
National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut refused to directly answer the demands of his counterpart, Hassan Taib. But he said peace talks would continue after Ramadan.
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