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Thailand and Malaysia discuss peace process in deep south

Thailand and Malaysia discuss peace process in deep south

BANGKOK: Negotiations to bring peace to Thailand’s southern border provinces have been making gradual progress, with the 4th Army chief and Malaysia’s chief negotiations facilitator engaging in further discussions last week.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 11:08AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

According to Army Area 4 Commanding-General, Lt Gen Santi Sakuntanak, the goal is to reach a Joint Comprehensive Plan towards Peace (JCPP) among the parties involved in the lead-up to full-panel talks in June.

Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, the Malaysian chief facilitator for the peace dialogue process in southern Thailand, is currently visiting the kingdom’s southern border provinces, reports NNT.

There, he is meeting with parties of interest in the peacebuilding effort from Feb 28 to Mar 3. The 4th army chief welcomed General Zulkifli and discussed cooperation to drive the talks on Thailand’s Deep South situation.

Peace talk delegates from Thailand and Malaysia, as well as representatives from the Barisan Revolusi Nasional group, aim to establish the JCPP in order to provide clear timelines and problem-solving guidelines for the Deep South peace process.

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The focus will be on reducing violence in the area and holding discussion stages with locals to bring about lasting peace to the border provinces. The technical working committees of each participating party will unofficially exchange their ideas from March to May of this year so that the details of the JCPP can be settled before they are presented to the full-panel talks in June.

Lt Gen Santi said this week’s discussions will provide a starting point for the best way to "exit" the deep South unrest. He noted that Gen. Zulkifli is highly committed to facilitating the peacebuilding process for Thai authorities.

The technical working committees will also coordinate various agreements among the parties involved from this month onward, in a bid to end violent incidents as well as hold many more followup talks.

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Pooliekev | 10 March 2023 - 13:22:35

Gasp! @Kurt - wrong?? Oh no, how could this happen? You mean the expert on all things Thai is somehow fallible? Noooo.............!

GerryT81 | 10 March 2023 - 12:44:38

@Kurt  Seems like you got it all wrong ! Read the Anglo-Siamese  treaty of 1909 again !  The provinces in dispute were never gifted to Thailand by the Brits. 

christysweet | 10 March 2023 - 11:18:20

In politics, a gift is a promise not broken... 

Kurt | 10 March 2023 - 08:23:23

How? The British formally made Malaysia a colony in 1867. Next they gained control over northen Malaya through a agreement made with Thailand in 1909.  Much later the british did give it back to Thailand.

Pascale | 09 March 2023 - 15:24:21

The Brits gifted it to Thailand ? How could the Brit's do that ? To give a gift you have to own it first in my opinion. 

christysweet | 09 March 2023 - 10:24:04

The region was appropriated by the Brits and gifted  so Thailand would not build a canal is my understanding.  Give it back to Malaysia 01931 

Kurt | 09 March 2023 - 09:26:15

Building that canal is '1', operating/maintaining is '2'. ( see Suez- and Panama Canals) Besides, S'pore is such a fantastic shipping hub with all facilities shipping firms can wish. It makes to expect that such a canal will be very 'local', plus of course suffers the usual run down Thai corruption.

Nasa12 | 09 March 2023 - 08:34:44

See and have this ship canal built between the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal.  Then there will be a great new border for both countries, and hopefully peace. And off course china pay and build this in 2 years time. 

Kurt | 08 March 2023 - 13:43:49

How many years they now discuss 'peace process' Deep South ? What is it the Thai Deep South wants this very moment? Becoming part of Malaysia? Or....?


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