Thai authorities and the National Revolution Front (also known as BRN) have opened peace talks aimed at ending almost a decade of unrest in the country’s far south in which more than 5,000 people have been killed. While many issues will need to be resolved, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak described it as a “solid demonstration of the common resolve to find and establish an enduring peace in southern Thailand”. The first round of talks will focus on how both sides can co-operate.
Meanwhile, Philippine officials and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front say that a peace pact could be reached as early as next month despite unresolved issues, including the delicate task of disarming the 11,000-strong guerrilla force.
Also, It’s Good News Week is delighted to have been invited to join Peace One Day as a NGO Coalition member. Founded in 1999 by Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation which aims to make 21 September, an annual day of global unity. In 2001 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.