Surayud Chulanont, the Thai prime minister, is in
Surayud signed the deal with his Malaysian counterpart, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, on Tuesday in Putrajaya, the administrative capital of
More than 2,400 people have been killed in violence in
Most of the violence has been in provinces near
About 100 Thai educators and religious teachers are expected to be sent to
No other details were immediately available.
Surayud is being accompanied on his visit by an entourage including his foreign, defence, education and interior ministers.
Both Surayud and Abdullah are due to fly to the northern resort
Syed Hamid Albar, the Malaysian foreign minister, has said that the leaders were likely to discuss setting up an Islamic bank in southern
He has said talks would centre on education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for
Meanwhile as the talks took place in Putrajaya, violence continued in the south of
An unknown number of assailants shot and killed a Buddhist man in a security guard uniform in the Waeng district of Narathiwat province, according to Prakit Meekam, a police official.
He said the attackers then attempted to behead the victim before fleeing.
In a separate incident, a Muslim man who was recently elected village chief was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Raman district of Yala province.
The predominantly Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and some parts of Songkhla have seen the worst of the fighting since early 2004, when a separatist movement flared up after a lull of more than two decades.
Along with attacks on soldiers and police, separatists have targeted Buddhist civilians and government workers in what is believed to be an attempt to drive them from the area. Agencies