[QODLink]
Asia-pacific

Thailand gears up for peace talks

As the country prepares for peace talks, there is concern the talks may provoke more violence.

Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 03:08
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The Kre Se mosque in southern Thailand's Pattani province is an ancient place of worship, but it is also a symbol of the area's turbulent history dating back hundreds of years.

In 2004, 32 suspected Muslim separatists were involved in a seven-hour standoff with the army at the mosque. Eventually the soldiers opened fire, killing all those inside.

It was one of three major incidents that year that triggered a surge in violence in the south. Ever since, the number of victims has increased almost daily.

The army is in charge in the south and under martial law enjoys special powers leading to resentment among some civilians.

Its leadership has offered some support for the peace talks which are already in danger of lacking credibility.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Pattani, southern Thailand.

132

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Anti-government secrecy organisation struggling for relevance without Julian Assange at the helm.
After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of bluefin tuna in the ocean.
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
join our mailing list