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Thailand's Malay Muslim rebel brings core issues to peace talks

BRN envoy wants Bangkok to apply 'values of democratization' in Deep South

A soldier talks to children in a southernmost province of Thailand: A meeting in May will indicate how the peace process is going in the kingdom's Deep South, Muslim majority provinces. (Photo by Toyoaki Fujiwara; insignia blurred out)

BANGKOK -- The road to peace in Thailand's restive southern provinces bordering Malaysia takes a crucial turn in May when negotiators from both sides of the ethnic conflict resume discussions, bringing "substantive issues" to the table.

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