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Thai army chief agrees to talks with rebel groups

Thai army chief agrees to talks with rebel groups

The Thai army chief who staged last month's coup said Thursday he has agreed to hold talks with rebel leaders in the restive south, an abrupt policy change from the administration of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in hopes of ending the bloody Muslim insurgency.
Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, who led the bloodless against Thaksin on Sept. 19, said that officials from certain rebel factions had contacted a top army commander and requested talks.
"I have agreed to the talks," Sondhi said. "I stress that these will be talks not negotiations."
Thaksin's government, which came under harsh criticism for its strong-arm approach to the violence, had repeatedly declined to hold any talks with Muslim insurgents.


Updated : 2020-12-04 13:48 GMT+08:00