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thai rebels deliver a warning

Post by yartims » October 22, 2018, 7:40 pm ... ok-summit/

South Thai rebels deliver warning before Bangkok summit
In an exclusive interview with Asia Times, spokesmen for the notoriously secretive BRN flag a roadmap to peace

Abdul Karim Khaled speaks to Asia Times. Photo: Anthony Davis

As Malaysian and Thai leaders prepare to meet in Bangkok to revive a stalled peace process for Thailand’s violence-wracked southern border provinces, the region’s Malay-Muslim rebels have moved to assert their own stance on what will and will not work in resolving a 15-year-old separatist conflict that has already claimed more than 7,000 lives and raised perennial fears of a spill-over into jihadist radicalization.

In a rare interview with Asia Times outside Thailand last week, spokesmen for the notoriously secretive Patani-Malay National Revolutionary Front – better known by its Malay initials BRN – sought to strike a conciliatory tone, stressing flexibility and a readiness for “sincere and authentic” negotiations with Bangkok.

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