This oped by HD Centre Regional Director for Asia, Michael Vatikiotis, was first published in the Bangkok Post on Saturday 2 March 2013.

The news that Thailand has agreed to formal Malaysian facilitation of a dialogue process to end the long conflict in southern Thailand is surely welcome. Most immediately it reflects that both the Thai government and all its parts, as well as the shadowy insurgent movement and all its parts agree that Malaysia needs to be part of the solution to the conflict that has raged for nine long years and cost more than 5,000 lives.


04 March 2013 by Michael Vatikiotis