Security reform is needed if Thailand wants a more peaceful and efficient way of dealing with the century-old problem with the Malayu Muslim separatists in the deep South, according to a seminar on "The BRN's Final Goals and Thailand's Peace Process".
Jiraporn Ngamlertsuporn, a Thai Research Fund researcher, said the 30-year separatist movement under the collective banner of Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) was carrying on the century-old quest for independence from the Thai state, but has continually adjusted its approaches and strategies.
Ms Jiraporn based her conclusions on four years of extensive field research and interviews with about 50 BRN members including core leaders and the rank and file. She dubbed the current status of the movement as post-BRN which remains commited to waging violence against the Thai state despite months of peace talks.
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