The secretary general of the negotiations division of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist group, which is one of the central players in the south Thai insurgency, issued a statement on the 1 year anniversary of peace negotiations with the Thai Government.
First, there’s thanks given to the Malaysian government for facilitating official talks between the BRN and Thai government. Special thanks are given to Tonsri Abdulrahimbin Mohammad Nur, who played a central role in facilitating the talks.
The statement says that the BRN is working hard to make the peace process go well and end successfully.
The BRN also thanks the Thai government, especially negotiations led by General Wanlapha Rak Sena. Further, thanks are given to international negotiators and experts along with the Pattani Society for supporting the talks.
One meeting was held in January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but further meetings were stalled because of COVID19.
Although regular meetings can’t be held, the BRN and Thai government still remain dedicated to negotiating. Both parties send letters using mediators about important issues that concern the public and members of both groups.
The BRN announced that they wish to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the peace negotiation process. A request from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, for a ceasefire is also mentioned and respected.
At the beginning of 2021, the BRN and Thai government agreed to continue with a video conference that will be held in place of a conference.
They’d like to address the three issues as follows:
- Resolve conflicts in Pattani that have been brought up by the public;
- Reduction of military operations;
- Include more cooperation with NGO’s and political and social groups in the peace process.
The statement ends with a hope that the conflict can resolve with peace and dignity for the Pattani people.
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