Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Thailand officially surrenders to Islamic terrorism.

World: This is a bad precedent, very bad.

PM agrees to NRC's solutions to unrest Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has agreed to a peace plan put forward by an independent panel to end unrest in the deep South. The centerpiece of the plan announced on Monday by the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) is to create a new regional body to mediate the conflict that has claimed up to 1,300 lives in the last two years. Government spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said yesterday that Mr Thaksin had assigned his top deputy, Chidchai Wannasathit, to implement the NRC's proposals ''immediately if possible''. However, Pol Gen Chidchai was also instructed to report to Mr Thaksin on which proposals would require passing new laws, because for those the caretaker government has to wait until a new parliament is in place. The NRC called for a new administrative body to oversee the restive provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, as a way to mediate conflicts and give residents greater voice in local government decisions. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the opposition Democrat party, which enjoys broad support in the South, said he supported the plan. ''We are in favour of increased local participation (in government) to win back the trust of the people. Winning back the trust is the key,'' Mr Abhisit said. A number of local Islamic leaders also voiced support for the NRC's peace plan. Nimu Makajae, a former deputy chairman of the Islamic Committee of Yala, said the NRC had won the trust of the locals, and the information they had given to the commission was credible. The recommendations contained in the NRC's report were agreed upon by the majority of its members, he added. A comprehensive approach should be worked out to tackle the root causes of the southern unrest _ poverty, lack of educational development, racial and religious intolerance and a corrupt judicial system, he said. Mr Nimu agreed with the NRC's proposal that Islamic law be introduced and the Malay dialect Yawi be adopted as an official second language in the Muslim-dominated deep South. Muhamad Amin Sarikan, chairman of Narathiwat's club of tambon and village heads, was satisfied with the NRC's recommended solutions to the unrest. He also said state officials at the operational level should be given a more active role in promoting understanding among locals.
History of the Islamic insurgency here. I said it before, violence pays off in the end as the weak break down in order to get "peace" at any price though they should know better.

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