The Thai Government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), a rebel group in the country’s south, have agreed in principle to a reduction in violence during Ramadan, which will start next month.

The agreement was reached during the third round of peace talks between the two sides in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia on June 13.

According to Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Defence Nipat Thonglek, active outcomes were achieved from the talks and the BRN will send the government details about what steps it will take to maintain peace during Ramadan. He stressed the importance of building trust between the two sides.

The next round of talks between the two sides is scheduled to take place after Ramadan, which will last from July 9 to August 7.

More than 5,000 people have died in Thailand’s southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla since the violence first broke out in the area in January 2004.-VNA