After a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok, General Prayuth said the meeting has agreed to continue the peace dialogue with the BRN militant group, adding that the next talk is expected in September. The date has yet to be fixed.
As for the 5 five-point demands of the BRN, Army Chief said there has not been an official talk between both sides regarding the matter and the proposals were only made via the video-sharing website YouTube. As a result, the meeting has agreed not to accept those demands. However, he said if the demands were officially proposed, the Thai authorities would have to carefully study them.
Lastly, Gen Prayuth said the National Security Council (NSC) would contact the BRN insurgency group to schedule the next peace dialogue.
The content of the BRN’s proposals includes the Thai government should recognize the identity, race and language of the Melayu people, Thailand should withdraw its troops from the restive region, Thailand should let local security forces take over peacekeeping duties, and the government should offer amnesty to insurgents.