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Locals hold key to peace

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In ''First step in a long and difficult journey'' (Opinion, March 18), Veera Prateepchaikul writes that the government hopes the Barisan Revolusi Nasional will be able to persuade the insurgents to end their campaign of violence and join the southern peace process. 

Let us hope they are successful, but failure at this juncture does not mean the violence cannot be ended.

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