Peace talk with the BRN in mid-October

The next round of peace talk between the government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist group is expected to be held in the second or third week of October in Kuala Lumpur, National Security Council secretary-general Lt-Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Monday.

In his capacity as chief of the government’s delegation to the peace talk, he said that he had already received the English-language full text of the BRN’s five demands from Malaysia.

The text, he said, will be discussed by all parties concerned such as the civic sector and academics this week before it was submitted to the Strategic Policy Committee for consideration.

The NSC chief said that violent incidents allegedly perpetrated by the separatists during the fasting month of Ramadan in August would be raised with the BRN’s delegation led by Hassan Taib.

Informed security sources said that the New Pulo separatists were believed to be responsible for most of the violent incidents that took place in the deep South supposedly to undermine the peace process between the government and the BRN as New Pulo was not included in the process.

The BRN has maintained that none of its demands  such as the demand for self-determination of the Patani people put forth with the government are in violation of the Constitutiony.