BANGKOK: A senior Thai official met an envoy of the main insurgent group fighting in the country’s largely Muslim south in what both sides described as a positive step towards a peace process, the Thai government said on Tuesday. The BRN official added that the talks were attended by “observers from overseas“, without elaborating. The BRN was among several insurgent groups to have participated in formal peace talks with the Thai government until a military coup in 2014. The military junta resumed talks with other insurgent groups two years later but the BRN did not join that process, which stalled in 2018. Mara Patani, an umbrella group representing other insurgent factions, welcomed Monday’s meeting as a positive step for the stalled peace process.
Source: New Strait Times January 21, 2020 12:00 UTC