Thailand has decided to defer talks with Barisan Revolusi Nasional originally planned for Oct 20 with the new date undecided, Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.
Gen Prayuth said he was informed of the National Security Council’s decision on the postponement as authorities were not ready to meet the separatist group again.
The army commander supported the authorities' decision to make changes to the negotiating team.
The army and critics have questioned the ability of the BRN representatives to control militants on the ground as the southern region has been continually hampered by violence since the first round of talks began in Kuala Lumpur in March.
Gen Prayuth said soldiers remained patient and will not fall into the trap of insurgents who are challenging Thailand to make full use of forces to curb violence in the region.