Thai PM to discuss Muslim regions with Malaysian PM

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej departed Wednesday for Malaysia for talks that are to include Muslim region issues.

Thai PM to discuss Muslim regions with Malaysian PM
Samak was scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on Thursday with the focus expected to be on Thailand's ongoing problems regarding Muslim provinces.

The Thai premier, who is also defence minister, reportedly plans to ask Badawi to arrest and extradite two suspected militants, according to Thai intelligence sources.

The provinces comprised the independent Islamic sultanate of Pattani for centuries before it fell under Bangkok's rule about 200 years ago.

More than 80 per cent of the provinces' 2 million people are Muslims.

The majority of the people living in Thailand's deep South also speak Malay and follow Malay customs.

Agencies
Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2008, 09:03
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