Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Indonesian Muslim leader meets Thai PM on southern unrest

The head of the Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Islamic group, met with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Monday at the start of a trip aimed at easing tensions in Thailand’s Muslim south. Muzadi and Thaksin agreed the militants were using religion to fuel the violence, and that improved education in the Muslim-dominated south was key to boosting living standards and ending economic problems in the region. “We hope the visit will help, as their mission represents the Muslim world coming here to find the truth,” Kantathi said. “A military approach only makes the fundamentalists more and more strong,” said Muzadi. “Problem solving is not only with a military approach, but also a justice approach, an economic approach, and also an educational approach.”


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