So they beheaded a few elderly Buddhist schoolteachers and such. What’s the big deal?
“Thailand: Govt. Proposes Amnesty For Islamic Rebels,” from AKI, :
Bangkok, 2 May (AKI) – In a gesture aimed at ending the violence in Thailand’s Muslim south, Bangkok has announced a proposed amnesty for Islamic militants who have been involved in attacks that have killed more than 2,100 people since January 2004. The offer of amnesty which was made on Tuesday, coincided with the first official visit to Thailand of the president of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
“An amnesty will be granted to all people who have been involved in the ongoing violence in the southern border provinces, provided they did not commit an offence under the country’s criminal code,” the Thai foreign ministry said in a statement.
No other details have been offered on the nature of the proposal, but the offer has been welcomed with satisfaction by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, OIC president who was in Bangkok on Tuesday, leading a six-member OIC delegation to Thailand on an invitation of the Thai government.