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Southern Thailand peace talks inch forward with renewed Malaysian effort

Malaysia's PM Anwar Ibrahim (left) and Thailand's PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha during an official state visit at Government House in Bangkok on Feb 9, 2023. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Efforts to end the long-running Malay Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand through peace talks – which were put on ice at the height of the pandemic – picked up pace in February.

The latest talks between Thai representatives and Barisan Revolusi Nasional, the main insurgent group, were held on Feb 21-22 in Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia facilitating the negotiations.

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