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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effect on (a) stability in Thailand and (b) the Buddhist minority in Thailand of the actions of the Pattani Fighters. (110740)

A group calling itself the “Pattani Fighters” has claimed responsibility for the murder of two rubber plantation workers in Yala province in southern Thailand on 13 January. This is the first time a group by this name has claimed responsibility for carrying out an attack. We have not been able to assess the credibility of its claim. Since the current insurgency in southern Thailand began in January 2004, approximately 1,800 people, both Buddhists and Muslims, have been killed in the violence.