Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels

Thai authorities and Muslim separatist leaders opened peace talks on Thursday aimed at ending almost a decade of unrest in the country’s far south, as a fresh attack by suspected militants killed three Thai soldiers.

The secretary general of Thailand’s national security council, Paradorn Pattanathabutr, said the first meeting with the rebels of the National Revolutionary Front (BRN), will focus on developing relationships and trust. The talks are being held in Malaysia.

There has been almost daily violence in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since the insurgency erupted in 2004 and more than 5,000 people have been killed. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and teachers, whom they see as representatives of the government of the predominantly Buddhist nation.

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