The Barisan Revolusi Nasional's postponement of peace talks and renewal of its five demands has placed the peace process in jeopardy, and strengthened the extremists' hand.
The BRN separatist group is, once again, on the offensive with its decision to postpone further peace talks negotiations with the government and its renewed call for the government to accept its five demands.
The move comes as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ends with the Eid-al-Fitr (or Harirayor as it is called in the deep South) festival today, Aug 9.
The five demands which were earlier made by BRN chief negotiator Hassan Taib via YouTube and were rejected by the Thai side, especially the military. They were: unconditional release of all suspected militants detained on security charges, suspension and revocation of all arrest warrants; recognition of the BRN as liberation movement; upgrading Malaysia’s status in the peace talks from facilitator to mediator; the peace talks must be witnessed by Asean member countries, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and non-governmental organisations; and withdrawal of troops.
Hassan Taib and the other leaders of the BRN surely know that their demands will be rejected again.
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