BANGKOK, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thai authority on Thursday signing a peace agreement with an insurgent group as a big step toward resolving the decades-old insurgency and violence in the border region.
National Security Council (NSC) secretary general Paradorn Pattanatabutr revealed to Thai media on Thursday while he was in Malaysia that the Thai authority on Thursday has signed an agreement called "General consensus dialogue process for peace" with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) Coordinate, one of the leading insurgent group in the restive southern Thailand with the help by Malaysian authority who facilitating the meeting with the insurgents.
The agreement is considered the first step as to show recognition from each side and show good wills for future agreement to resolve the problem. However, details have not been discussed, and awaiting future discussions. he said.
This has been the outcome of several meetings between Thai and Malaysian authorities toward solving southern Thai insurgency since last year, he added.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and more than 9,000 hurt in over 11,000 incidents, about 3.5 incidents a day, in Thailand's Muslim, ethnic-Malay dominated three southern border provinces -- Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla -- since violence erupted in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors the regional violence.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra and several other high ranking Thai officials are now paying a visit in Malaysia.
Yingluck was scheduled to discuss cooperation with the neighbouring country on the southern insurgency, security, economic and human resources development, and bilateral deportation of criminals.
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