Rebels in southern Thailand call off talks with government
A Malay-Muslim separatist group has called off talks with the Thai government aimed at resolving a historic conflict that in the past nine years, has claimed more than 5,000 lives in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south.
The Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Pattani (BRN), in a message posted on YouTube on Tuesday, said the Thai state could not expect any more talks with them.
There was no immediate response from Thailand's National Security Council (NSC) which has been leading the talks in Malaysia, which started in February and are still at a confidence-building stage.
General Nipat Thonglek, one of the Thai military's negotiators at the talks, was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying the video message was "the work of people who disagree with (BRN representative at the talks, Mr Hassan Taib) and want to stop negotiations. It will not affect negotiations ... The talks must continue."