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Thailand agrees to talk peace with southern Muslim rebel group

Feb 28. 2013
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By Deutsche Presse Agentur

Kuala Lumpur - Thai security officials on Thursday signed adeal to start peace talks with a Muslim rebel group involved in escalating violence in the southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people since 2004.

Thai security officials and representatives of the BarisanRevolusi Nasional, signed the agreement in Kuala Lumpur ahead of thevisit of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the 5th Malaysia-Thailand Annual Consultation.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Yingluck were expected to appraise existing cooperation and explore new initiatives, Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The leaders were expected to discuss efforts to promote peace, stability, prosperity and connectivity in the border areas, as well as cooperation in labour, trade, education and tourism.

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