Home > News > Nation
Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:02:42 PM
by zuhrin azam ahmad
PUTRAJAYA: A series of dialogues between the Thai government and Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group will begin in two weeks.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the dialogues would be held in Kuala Lumpur.
"Malaysia will appoint shortly, a senior official as the facilitator.
"We are optimistic of a favourable result. Malaysia strongly believes that the establishment of peaceful conditions in southern border provinces of Thailand will bring prosperity to the area, including our side of the border," Najib said in a joint statement with his Thailand counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra at the end of Malaysia-Thailand Annual Consultation here Thursday.
Yingluck, meanwhile, said Thailand was looking forward to a lasting solution in its southern border provinces.
"It is our wish to promote peace and prosperity in southern border provinces through a convincing effort.
"In this context, we agreed on putting an end to violence and creating peaceful and harmonious environment for the benefit of Thai people in the areas.
"The Thai authorities are willing to engage all stakeholders in the process in a good faith," she said.
Earlier in the day, the Thai government signed its first-ever agreement with a rebel group in its Muslim-majority south, pledging to work toward peace talks aimed at ending a festering insurgency.
The potentially historic deal was signed at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur between Thai officials and a BRN representative.
The "general consensus document to launch a dialogue process for peace" was signed by Lieutenant-General Paradorn Pattanathabutr, secretary-general of Thailand's National Security Council, and Hassan Taib of the BRN.
Thailand, rebels sign first-ever agreement for peace talks
Tags / Keywords:
Nation, News, Government, Politics, World, Thailand, Malaysia, rebel group
Babysitter in child abuse case appears confused by charges
Double efforts in areas with no MCA reps, divisions told
Fans to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday
‘Future richest man’ offers money to policemen who nabbed him
Sodomy II: Prosecution refutes Anwar’s allegations of conspiracy
The Star’s HR wins six awards
Get ready for a blockbuster Malaysia Cup final
Two injured after Kedah hit by another 'twister'
Samsung seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)