BANGKOK: The Government of Thailand has agreed to a proposal from the Majlis Syura Patani (MARA Patani) for the ongoing peace process to be a national agenda.
According to the secretary of the government’s steering committee for peace talks, Lt Gen Nakrob Bunbuathong, the proposal was among three put forth by MARA Patani, an umbrella body of six militant groups, during talks with the Thai government.
“Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha has given approval for the term ‘National Agenda’ to be put in the new Southern Border Provinces Administration and Development Policy that will go to the National Legislative Assembly for ratification.
“It will be clearly written that solving the problem in the southern provinces and the peace talks are a national agenda,” he said during a briefing on the progress of the southern peace talks at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last night.
MARA Patani, said Nakrob, had been notified of Bangkok’s acceptance of its proposal for the ongoing peace talks, which was facilitated by Malaysia, to be given national agenda status.