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Malaysian facilitator hopes peace talks in South will continue

Kota Bharu, Malaysia -- A Malaysian official working to facilitate the peace dialogue between Thailand and Muslim separatists said Thursday that he hoped that a new Thai government would go ahead with the talks and that Malaysia was ready to help if required.

The next session of talks, which has yet to be set up, should be attended by three separatist groups, namely the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo) and the Barisan Islam Pembebasan Patani.

Malaysia also reportedly wants NGO representatives, students and unrest-affected Buddhists to participate in the peace dialogue.

The facilitator Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim, also known as Datuk Zamzamin, told the media Thursday that the peace dialogue was a brave move and that it helped bring all sides on to the same page.

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