BANGKOK, Sept 30 – A high-level high committee on the southern border problems will soon deliberate five demands proposed earlier by militant group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said today.
But any kind of territorial separation or autonomy will not be discussed.
He said the demands would be submitted to the Centre to Mobilise Policy and Strategy to Solve Problems in the Southern Border Provinces within the next two weeks.
The demands were made to Thailand on the sidelines of the peace dialogues between the Thai government and BRN representatives, already held for three rounds in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia acting as facilitator.
Pol Gen Pracha said peace talks with the BRN would continue and there should not be more than three major militant factions, all under the BRN flagship, in the dialogues.
“Thailand does not have to agree with all the five demands. We will take only acceptable proposals. We stand firm that territorial separation is unacceptable and we definitely will not discuss the issue,” he said.
He said Thailand would put forward its proposals in the next round of peace talks. He would not elaborate.