President Receives South Thailand delegation

President Receives South Thailand delegation

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received a South Thailand delegation that had held peace talks with Thai government representatives at the State Palace here on Monday.

Minister/State Secretary Hatta Radjasa said the delegation was led by the chairman of the Consultative Council of the Patani Malay People, Wahyuddin Mohammad.

Earlier, last Saturday, President Yudhoyono received the Thai government delegation to the peace talks led by General Khwanchart Klahan.

“The President received the two rival parties in connection with our effort in mediating a peace process in South Thailand,” Radjasa said.

The two rival parties held their talks at the presidential palace in Bogor last Saturday and Sunday, moderated by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

They produced several points as reference for making a framework for their next meeting. They had also signed notes on the meeting`s results.

According to plan, they would meet again on November 1-2, 2008 and November 14, 2008 also at the Bogor presidential palace.

The minister said the Indonesian government was only mediating between the two parties who wished to seek peace in South Thailand.

“Do not say it was our initiative to play a role. This is the wish of the two parties as part of their efforts to end their conflict. Indonesia was considered an experienced mediator and the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean),” he said.

Indonesia, he said, would certainly not have assumed the mediating role if the two parties had not wanted it.

Apart from being one of Thailand`s close neighbours with experience in resolving armed conflicts, Indonesia also wished for peace to prevail in Thailand, Radjasa said.