Southern Thailand insurgent group considers 3 month ceasefire for Buddhist Lent

Another spherical of “peace talks” between the Thai government and insurgent teams in Thailand’s Deep South was wrapped up yesterday at a lodge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) – one of the most energetic and well-established rebel teams in the south – is contemplating Thailand’s request for a 3 month ceasefire during Buddhist Lent.
The Thai government proposed a 108-day ceasefire between August 15 and November 30, inclusive of “Vassa” or Buddhist Lent, which began on July 14 and can end on October 10. The Thai aspect proposed the concept after the BRN and Thai authorities successfully observed a 40-day ceasefire in the course of the Islamic vacation of Ramadan earlier this 12 months.
Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani, and parts of Songkhla province – masking the area of the historical ‘Patani’ kingdom – have been suffering from intermittent violent attacks between government forces and “rebels” or “insurgent groups” for the explanation that insurgency took off again in 2004. However, the roots of the South Thailand insurgency go a lot additional again in historical past.
Just hours before the “peace talks” ended yesterday, two village protection volunteers in the Mae Khen district of Pattani were injured by a roadside bomb blast. The accidents usually are not life threatening, said police.
No rebel teams have claimed responsibility for yesterday’s explosion, but insurgents are suspected to be behind the assault, given that the targets were defense volunteers who had been defending teachers and college students in the area.
Historically, Stunning have taken out strategic attacks on representatives of the Thai state – such as lecturers, soldiers, Buddhist monks, and police officers – as an try to precise their dissatisfaction with, or have their calls for met, by the Thai government.
“Six protection volunteers were driving on three motorcycles to guard academics and students in the area … when the attackers triggered the bomb rigged to a cooking fuel cylinder, injuring two of them,” stated Chief of Police in Pattani Province Maj. Gen. Narin Busama.
During Ramadan, between April three and May 14 this yr, the BRN and the Thai government observed a profitable 40-day ceasefire by which both sides stored their guarantees of a violence-free spiritual vacation.
However, the Patani United Liberation Front (PULO) – one other major historical rebel group – did not observe the Ramadan ceasefire. PULO carried out twin roadside bombings in southern Thailand during Ramadan which killed a villager and injured three police officers. PULO claimed duty for the attack, citing the group’s exclusion from Kuala Lumpur peace talks as the reason behind it.
PULO stated they were not invited to the newest round of peace talks. Malaysia can solely facilitate teams as agreed by the Thai government and PULO hasn’t yet approached the government, mentioned facilitators.
The initiative has a ‘policy of inclusivity’ and PULO are welcome to request an invite to the subsequent round of peace talks from the Thai authorities, based on Chief Thai negotiator Gen. Wanlop Rugsanaoh.
The BRN didn’t comply with the Buddhist Lent ceasefire right away and continues to be negotiating some elements earlier than reaching a last agreement. However, the concept of a ceasefire is actually on the table. The BRN did not make a public comment in regards to the peace talks or potential ceasefire however stated they’ll hold a press convention right now.
Last month, suspected insurgents hijacked a garbage truck, tied up four binmen on the side of the street, and placed a 50 kilogram bomb contained in the vehicle. The armed males drove the ticking rubbish truck to a police booth and detonated the bomb outside it, injuring one police officer.
Since violence resurfaced in 2004, more than 7,000 folks have been killed and 13,500 extra injured in violence in Thailand’s Deep South..

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