NSC chief rejects BRN claim

The National Security Council secretary-general Lt-Gen Paradorm Pattanathabutr today dismissed the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) claim that Thailand has accepted four of its five-point peace proposal.

The National Security Council (NSC) chief said that he believed the claim was merely a propaganda work of the BRN which will have a new round of peace talk with the Thai authorities after the Muslim Eid al-adha day.

Report of the acceptance of BRN’s proposals appeared in the Deep South Watch website which said  a team of Thai coordinators and BRN representatives have arrived in Bangkok on September 4 to forward the proposals to the Thai peace talk government representative. It said BRN leader Hassan Tojib has disclosed later that the Thai representative has accepted four of its five-point proposals but has yet to await formal acceptance documents to BRN. The BRN leader also said Malaysian facilitator of the peace talk also wanted the same documents from Thailand.

The only proposal which the Thai peace negotiator still rejected was to accept the ownership right of the Pattani state of the Muslim people, he said adding that the next round of meeting would be held after the Eid al-adha day of the Muslim lunar calendar.

On 28 February 2013, Thai government through its National Security Council agreed to initiate a peace dialogue process with Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), the major separatist group active in southern Thailand. The talks facilitated by Malaysia, initially showed few concrete accomplishments prior to the announcement of a ceasefire during a 40-day period covering the holy month of Ramadan. The agreement covered the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat as well as bordering districts in Songkla and was in place from July 10 – August 18 2013.