Paradorn Pattanatabut said Thailand will contact Malaysia, which acted as facilitator for the first three rounds of dialogues, to find a suitable date for the next talks while the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insists that its liaison officer, Hassan Taib, will continue to represent the group without participation from other militant factions.
The Thai authorities have acknowledged and prepared explanations for the BRN's five-point demand "but we have yet to receive replies to the questions we earlier put forward to them," he said, adding that a meeting of authorities in charge of solving problems in the far South would be held again soon.
He added that the number of fatalities and damage to people's lives and property during the latest Ramadan holy month was less than the same period last year.
The overall situation is now better, he concluded.
Meanwhile, one police officer was killed while nine others were wounded today in a bombing triggered while officers were inspecting the ambush site where the Sungai Padi district chief's car in Narathiwat was fired upon.
The victim was identified as Pol L/Cpl Rungroj Mekrat. He was sent to hospital with other wounded officers but was pronounced dead later at hospital.
An estimated 7 kg homemade bomb was planted under a roadside tree. The early morning inspection came as Sungai Padi district chief Sayan Chanachaiyong was ambushed last night while he was returning home from a Mother's Day event. Investigating police however were unable to find any spent cartridges from the incident.