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Govt urged to involve locals in peace push

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The government's next move in the deep South must be to talk to locals and restore peace and justice in the region after its landmark agreement to negotiate with rebels, observers say. 

Srisompob Jitpiromsri, political science professor at Prince of Songkla University and director of DeepSouth Watch, said the signing of a peace talks deal between the National Security Council (NSC) and Malaysian-based representatives of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) militant group on Feb 28 was a positive step.

However, opportunities for local people from various walks of life to interact with the state were also important.

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