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Thailand to continue peace talks with separatists in south

Thailand's military junta announced that it will continue peace talks with the separatist groups in the southern provinces of the country.

BANGKOK: Thailand's military junta announced that it will continue peace talks with the separatist groups in the southern provinces of the country.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will ensure that talks between the Thai government and the Muslim separatist groups led by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) will be continued, said the council secretary-general Udomdej Sitabutr.

The peace talks’ facilitator is still Malaysia, he told media before attending the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) at the government house on Monday.

It was the first NSC meeting since the military staged a coup on May 22.

He said the authorities were instructed by the head of the NCPO and also army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, to monitor and deal with the situation in the conflict areas.

This includes the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which started on Sunday.

He said officials would explain to the people in the southern areas so that they can understand that some groups "used the Muslim holy month in the wrong way". 

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