The Move Forward Party (MFP)-led coalition’s team working on peace has discussed approaches to resolving the southern insurgency, which involves civilian-led military operations, aiming to achieve peace within four years through negotiations in accordance with the constitution which emphasizes Thailand as a unitary state.
On 9 June 2023, the MFP media team informed the press that the transition team working on peace in the southern border provinces held its first meeting that day at MFP headquarters. The representatives of the coalition parties met to establish a framework for future peace-building.
MFP’s Romadon Panjor, a party-list MP designate, said that the team exchanged new perspectives on the issues of the southern border with a focus on creating a sense of security of life and property among the people, ensuring a secure environment for expressing political opinions, and making efforts to understand the concerns of the people. There is also the need to broaden the definition of peace to cover livelihoods and the economy.
“Today's discussion revolved around the broad framework that each party has promised to the people. The next meeting, which will be hosted by the Prachachart Party on 19 June, will delve into the details of the roadmap to achieving peace within 4 years,” said Romadon.
Romadon added that it was evident from the discussion that there is a desire to reduce the role of the military and increase the role of civilians, particularly civilian representatives chosen by the people.
The team insisted that negotiations will adhere to the principle of providing a safe space for expressing opinions, but the negotiation framework will be within the scope of the constitution, which emphasizes Thailand as a unitary state.