KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thailand's government signed a
breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the first time ever
Thursday, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of violence in
the country's southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people.
The agreement was announced in Malaysia's largest city, Kuala Lumpur,
between Thai authorities and the militant National Revolution Front,
also known by its Malay-language initials, BRN. It is seen as a positive
step, but is unlikely to immediately end the conflict because several
other shadowy guerrilla movements also fighting in southern Thailand
have yet to agree to talks.
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