For the past decade, our country has been trapped in two bloody conflicts. One is the divisive colour-coded politics. The other is the southern violence.
The high-profile unity talks on Monday offered a map to peace and reconciliation on both fronts. Yet, if the Bangkok-centric media coverage of the forum is anything to go by, the southern violence still remains very low on the national agenda.
The messages from the three speakers were clear. To bridge the gaps, to transcend the grief, both sides must believe they will do better in a shared future. The rest is about how to do it. No political agenda. Go slow, reach out to the aggrieved, give and take to build trust, deal with perceived causes of injustice, and accept the power-sharing solution.
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