Southern peace talks to resume on Friday

Southern peace talks to resume on Friday

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon talks to reporters at Government House on Thursday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon talks to reporters at Government House on Thursday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)

Southern peace talks will resume in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, but no terms will be signed because the violence is continuing in the far South, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Thursday.

"We will try to tell them that there must not be any more violence. Then a signing can happen. For now there can be talks," Gen Prawit, who is also the defence minister, said at Government House.

He reaffirmed that Malaysia was sincere in its role as mediator in the peace talks between Thai authorities and southern insurgents.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak would visit Thailand on Sept 9 to sign several agreements, including one concerning people holding dual Thai-Malaysian nationality, Gen Prawit said.

About 6,500 people have been reported killed and nearly 12,000 others injured in the violence since the separatist insurgency movement re-emerged in the far South 12 years ago.


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