Violence in the three southernmost provinces has doubled since peace talks began, with insurgents increasingly targeting officials rather than civilians.
This was the conclusion of a fact-finding committee, chaired by Wisut Singkachornvorakul, a member of the Advisory Council for the Development and Administration of the Southern Border Provinces, set up by the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre.
Insurgents opposing the peace talks are split into three groups, a committee source said. They intend to raise the level of violence in the three restive southern border provinces to create an atmosphere of fear, the source said. They want Thai negotiators to think the Barisan Revolusi Nasional is unable to control armed militants operating in the South.
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