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Thai military aims to revive peace talks with Muslim rebels

Published on Jun 30, 2014 5:55 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's military government is to revive talks aimed at bringing peace to the troubled south, where Muslim separatists have fought the government for over a decade, a senior military official said on Monday.

Mr Udomdet Sitabutr, secretary-general of the military's National Council for Peace and Order, said talks, brokered by Malaysia, with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgent group would restart after stalling last year.

A low-level insurgency in the south has claimed more than 5,700 lives since 2004 following the resurgence of a dormant Muslim separatist movement.

"The talks are still alive but the details must be fleshed out so that we can move forward and draw up a road map to peace," Mr Udomdet told reporters.

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