Peace talks with southern insurgents to continue


BANGKOK, Jan 28 – Situation in Thailand’s southern border provinces remains volatile amid successive attacks by insurgents, according to an advisor to the National Security Council (NSC).

Col Charoon Ampha said the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC)’s 4th Region Forward Command was instructed to closely monitor the situation, which has worsened.

He said peace talks with anti-government groups in the far South will continue, though halted during the country’s political turmoil, with the objective of finding peace for the southern region.

He said continuous attacks and violence in the South was partly due to the new generation’s bolder ideology and activity.

The new generation resorts to violence as a condition for negotiations, he said.

There were reports that southern insurgents would adopt some measures such as closing government buildings to pressure the authorities, he said.