South's 'safety zone' rules revealed; emergency extended

'No more than three killings per month, per zone'

Maj Gen Sitthi Trakulwong (in uniform), secretary to the Thai negotiating team, led the media briefing on Thursday. (Bangkok Post photo)

Government peace negotiators revealed Thursday that their recent "safety zone" deal with the Malaysian Mara Patani group will permit separatists up to three killings per month in each zone before sanctions are invoked.

Maj Gen Sitthi Trakulwong, secretary to the team, briefed the media at Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters.

He said that when a violent incident occurs inside a safety zone, the perpetrators of the violence must be identified by the government or by Mara Patani.

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