PM Yingluck: BRN meeting merely talks, not negotiations


BANGKOK, 15 March 2013  The Prime Minister has stated that an upcoming meeting between representatives from the Thai government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) group will only involve talks, and not negotiations

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Thursday that the upcoming meeting between Thai government representatives the BRN, a Pattani independence movement group, will only focus on discussion of related issues while no negotiations will take place.

The PM’s assertion was heard during her meeting with ministers involved in the southern unrest and security-related agencies, such as the National Security Council, as well as Army Commander General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Thursday meeting was called for in order to allow all to look at the details of earlier talks between the NSC and the working committee in charge of the framework of planned negotiations with the BRN.

The government representatives are scheduled to meet with the independence movement group on March 28, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Prime Minister stated that the scheduled meeting is the first step towards a successful end of the years-long violence, which has taken thousands of lives and injured many more.