Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia could play a ‘vital role’ in mediating the conflict between Thailand’s army and Muslim separatists – but will the junta allow it?

  • Over the past 15 years, a violent conflict in Thailand’s southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives
  • But analysts are hopeful that neighbouring Malaysia can help the country achieve a resolution to the war between the insurgents and the army
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.