Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed to foster the progress of peace talks in the southern region of Thailand along the two countries’ shared border.

During a one-day visit by the Thai Prime Minister on December 1, the two sides agreed on three basic principles to bring an end to the decades-long violence in Thailand’s Muslim-majority southern provinces.

The principles include a period free of violence; the representation of all parties in the peace talks; and all parties agreeing to a list of demands to be put to the Thai government.

The Thai PM affirmed Malaysia’s role as the only mediator in the peace talks.

In 2013, Malaysia hosted the peace talks between Muslim rebels and the previous civilian government of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

However, those talks made little headway and eventually collapsed due to political crisis in Thailand.

More than 6,000 people have been killed and other 10,600 wounded during the current decades-long violence, according to the Thai Army’s statistics.-VNA