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Thailand and militants in south poised to advance peace talks

Relative quiet during Ramadan creates atmosphere to move process forward

A woman pushes a bicycle through a checkpoint manned by Thai security forces in the troubled southern province of Yala in 2013.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government and an Islamist militant group in its far south are set to step up peace negotiations as early as next month, Nikkei has learned, with both sides having built trust through a largely successful truce for the holy month of Ramadan.

The group, Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), is expected to soften its demand from independence to home rule as part of Thailand. The focus will likely come down to what concessions the government is willing to make on the region's autonomy.

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