Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

BANGKOK: Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks.

The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) said on Monday that it would be willing to enter into formal negotiations on the decades-old insurgency if certain conditions were met by the Thai government.

Among its demands were mediation by a neutral third party and the participation of international observers. Tiếp tục đọc “Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents”

Main Thai insurgent group renews conditional peace talks offer

BANGKOK: One of the main separatist groups fighting an insurgency in Southern Thailand on Monday renewed a conditional offer to enter peace talks with the government.Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) is thought by observers to be the main faction responsible for the decades-old insurgency in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

The conflict has claimed more than 6,500 lives since it escalated in 2004. Tiếp tục đọc “Main Thai insurgent group renews conditional peace talks offer”

Wave of small explosions hit southern Thailand after king signs new charter

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Reuters, Apr 7, 2017Thai police on Friday reported 22 attacks, including at least five small bomb blasts, in Muslim-majority southern Thailand only hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution on Thursday as a step toward ending military rule.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attacks in the region where there has been a recent upsurge in a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency. Parts of the region voted against the new constitution at a referendum last year. Tiếp tục đọc “Wave of small explosions hit southern Thailand after king signs new charter”

Hundreds march as shooting of boy shocks Thai south

The under-reported rebellion waged by Malay Muslim insurgents against the Buddhist-majority Thai state has killed more than 6,800 people, mostly civilians, since it erupted 13 years ago. Tiếp tục đọc “Hundreds march as shooting of boy shocks Thai south”