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Fears of a 'false calm' in the South

Officials warn insurgents regrouping

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Hopeful signs of reduced violence in the South during the 40-day Ramadan fasting period have been tempered by fears that insurgents will use relaxed security measures to stock up on arms and explosives. 

Security sources also believe that if the fasting period passes with a lower level of violence, it will strengthen the hand of Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) at the negotiating table.

A Bangkok-based security officer described BRN's agreement to a ceasefire as a public relations stunt that would not benefit the state.

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