As as vivid indication of their commitment to peace, the Islamic jihadists murdered three Thai soldiers just as the peace talks began.
“Thai authorities, Muslim rebels launch peace talks,” from the Associated Press, March 28 (thanks to Kenneth):
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thai authorities and Muslim separatist leaders started peace talks on Thursday aimed at ending almost a decade of unrest in the country’s far south, as a new attack by suspected militants killed three Thai soldiers.The secretary-general of Thailand’s National Security Council, Lt. Gen. Paradorn Pattanathabutr, said he was “very happy” with the first meeting with the rebels led by the National Revolution Front, also known by the acronym BRN, and the Pattani United Liberation Organization, or PULO.
“We share the same goal, which is to reduce violence in the region. Both sides have agreed that we want peace in the area,” Paradorn told reporters after a daylong meeting facilitated by Malaysia.