By The Nation
“Why do we have to accept their terms and conditions to recognise them?” Prayut told reporters. “Who really cares about them?”
Aksara Kerdphol, chief of the Thai delegation engaged in talks with the MARA group, rejected earlier news reports that the talks in Malaysia a few days ago had failed.
The MARA Patani claims it is an umbrella group of Patani Malay separatist organisations.
The confidence-building process between Thai authorities and the Muslim group continues, but it would take time as the two parties had serious differences, Aksara said.
“The difference is that they want to have the minutes of the joint agreement but we cannot agree, as they do not have any formal status,” he said.