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A new round of Southern peace talks gives hope but the Junta is stalling during the election campaign

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Peace talks to end the long-running conflict in Thailand’s southernmost provinces hit a stumbling block last week when Thailand’s new peace negotiator failed to attend a scheduled meeting.

The struggle, commonly referred to in international media as the ‘southern insurgency’, has been between Muslim guerilla fighters and the Thai army, partly over borders, and partly fueled by religious and cultural differences.

But analysts remain hopeful that a resolution could still be hammered out and are pinning their hope on Malaysia’s new role in the talks.

The Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed has openly expressed his commitment to the peace process and appointed the former police chief Abdul Rahim Noor as representative in the talks.  Mr Abdul played a role in ending the country’s communist insurgency in 1989.

History

The region, encompassing three provinces, was an independent Muslim sultanate but was formally annexed by Buddhist-majority ‘Siam’ at the turn of the 20th century.

In 2004, the century-long ethnic tensions escalated into a full-blown conflict as a result of long-running centralisation policies, local administrative changes and and Thaksin’s ‘war on drugs’ that targeted the region particularly viciously.

More than 7,000 people have died in the violence over the past 15 years, according to local monitor NGO Deep South Watch.

Current round of talks

Zachary Abuza, a professor specialising in Southeast Asian security at the National War College in Washington DC, says the Malaysian government is interested in the peace talks because “they don’t want instabilities on their borders”.

The Malaysian government also say it’s concerned about the flow of weapons from Thailand over the border after several Islamic State cells were uncovered and dismantled in Malaysia last year.

However, the Thai efforts in peace talks have “never been in good faith”, claims Abuza, pointing to negotiator Udomchai Thammasarorat’s snub of a meeting facilitated by Malaysia with the delegation of the Mara Patani, an umbrella organisation consisting of several separatist groups. Udomchai only showed interest in meeting its leader Sukree Haree.

After the incident, Mara Patani suspended the talks until after Thailand’s March 24 elections and asked for the Thai facilitator to be replaced with a person “with more credibility”.

“Mara Patani sees the attitude of refusal to confront the dialogue team as unacceptable and we suspect a hidden agenda when he only wanted to meet me,” Sukree Haree told Malaysian news agency Bernama.

Abuza claims Thailand’s military government, which seized power in May 2014, would not give Malaysia any substantial role in negotiations.

“They are terrified that this conflict will become an internationalised conflict.”



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Coral in Trang extensively damaged after tourist influx over Songkran

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Tourists during Songkran have caused extensive damage to coral in the national park area of Trang, south of Thailand.

Matichon Online reports that the damage was caused by the tourist numbers overwhelming the area during the week-long Songkran break.

Many boats have dropped their anchors onto the fragile underwater area or tied ropes around corals as there are not enough buoys for the many boats. Some boats parked near corals beds where they tried to bring their customers closer to view the corals. Some boats have even hit the coral. Officials say that, apart from the Songkran holiday damage, the coral reefs are now started to bleach as well.

The head of Hat Chao Mai National Park says there were not enough staff to handle the influx of tourists during the holiday in the marine park. Stricter regulations would be employed and more mooring buoys are to be set up this week, he said.

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SUV catches fire sitting in Trang’s hot sun

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A SUV has caught fire while it was parked in the hot southern sun in Trang over the weekend.

Fire fighters in Trang were notified of the burning SUV in Yan Ta Khao District in Trang at 2pm on Sunday.

Fire fighters arrived to find the SUV ablaze. It took about 15 minutes to control the fire.

The SUV owner, 35 years old Tanchanok Sasri, says that she has parked the SUV outside her home for about two hours under the hot midday sun. A neighbour alerted the woman that her SUV had caught fire.

Tanchanok says she also lost 200,000 baht cash which was left inside the SUV.

Investigators are trying to find the cause of the original ignition of the fire that destroyed the black SUV.

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Pattani smuggler arrested with over 10,000 packets of illegal cigarettes

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A man has been arrested in Pattani’s Mayo district after trying to smuggle 10,802 packets of foreign cigarettes.

Police and Excise Department chief Itthipol Liabyainak announced the arrest of Yaman Pohleng, the owner of a grocery store in Tambon Sakhor Bon.

Itthipol says the joint operation by Excise officials and border patrol police was carried out following tips-off that Yaman had allegedly opened the grocery store as a front for selling smuggled cigarettes.

He claimed the seized cigarettes were worth about 10 million baht. Itthipol alleges that Yaman also used his grocery store as a storage space for distributing the smuggled cigarettes to other shops in the area.

He said that large quantities of foreign cigarettes were being smuggled through the three southern border provinces and that Excise officials will crack down on all the shops selling these illegal cigarettes.

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