The Straits Times
Published on Feb 28, 2013

Thai peace talks to open in two weeks: Malaysia PM


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Thailand and one of several rebel groups in the country's Muslim south will open talks in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks' time to try to end the bloody insurgency, Malaysia's prime minister said on Thursday.

Najib Razak disclosed the news after talks with visiting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and following a deal signed earlier in the day by Thailand and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group to launch a peace process.

Yingluck said Thailand "wished to see a lasting solution in the southern border provinces", where the nine-year revolt by a number of shadowy groups has claimed more than 5,500 lives.

"We need to move forward as soon as possible," she told a news conference in the Malaysian government headquarters of Putrajaya.