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Little optimism for breakthrough in Thailand’s forgotten jihad

Fresh talks to end violence in southern Thailand are due to get under way, but there are doubts about whether insurgent leaders can control young militants

By Andrew Marshall  /  Reuters, DUKU, Thailand

It is unclear whether Thailand will offer greater self-rule, or anything else that will make the process any more successful than a string of semi-secret dialogues since 2005.

Winning over locals in the hardest-hit areas could be the greatest challenge.

“Of course we welcome a peace agreement, if the Thais are sincere,” said Zakaria bin Adbulrasid, whose 28-year-old son Barkih Nikming was also killed during the Bacho raid and given a martyr’s burial in the nearby village of Cuwo. “But their promises of peace and justice are all lies.”

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