Peace talks 'behind surge in violence'

national May 29, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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National Security Council secretary-general Lt-General Paradorn Pattanathabutr admitted yesterday the recent flare-up of violence in the deep South broke out because some insurgent groups disagreed with the ongoing peace dialogue.

Earlier, Paradorn had played down the violent incidents, which apparently surged after he started holding peace talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), saying the violence was “normal” and had nothing to do with the dialogue.
However, yesterday he admitted that the increase of violent incidents in the region was related to the ongoing peace dialogue.
“The violence was definitely related to the dialogue. But the violent incidents were committed by main insurgency and small insurgency groups. There were also incidents in which insurgents took advantage of the situation,” Paradorn said.
He said certain groups might try to derail the peace talks by stepping up attacks, but the government would continue to try to resolve the violence through peaceful measures and dialogue.
Paradorn said the BRN leaders, who are his dialogue partners, admitted that they could not control some groups, especially new ones whose members believed they could win the war against the Thai government.
He said he would demand more details from BRN leaders during the next round of talks on June 13. He said the government would not impose emergency rule in areas where the restrictions had been lifted and replaced by the enforcement of the Internal Security Act.
In the latest violence, two rangers and a civilian were killed in two incidents yesterday.
In Pattani, a unit of six rangers was ambushed by insurgents on the Pattani-Yala Road in Lutong village in Tambon Maelan in Maelan district at 4.30am.
The rangers exchanged gunfire with the insurgents and Sergeant Ronwit Singsai, 31, and Kringsak Thupputsa, 3, were killed.
At 6.50am in Narathiwat, the Rusoh district Police Station was alerted that a Muslim man had been shot dead in a rubber plantation. He was identified as Asman Sama, 61.

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