Thailand's royal family has made a rare statement to express concern over violence in the country's south.
By Kylie Morris
A spokesman for the prime minister said the sentiments of Queen Sirikit were conveyed to the Thai leader.
The latest attacks targeted Buddhist temples
Thailand's royal family is greatly revered, but rarely makes comments on any subject which might be construed as political.
This is the second time that the royals have broken their silence on the problems facing Thailand's Muslim majority south.
Violence resurfaced there at the start of the year, but reached a new level of intensity when more than 100 people were killed when co-ordinated attacks were launched against security posts at the end of last month.
More than 30 were killed inside a mosque.
At the start of this week, there were bomb blasts outside three Buddhist temples in the south.
THAILAND'S TROUBLED SOUTH
Militant violence reported in three provinces on 29 April: Yala, Songkhla and Pattani
Thailand is overwhelmingly Buddhist with Muslims making up 3.8%
Separatist rebellions have occurred periodically for centuries
A spokesman for the prime minister says the Queen has advised him to tell his cabinet that she does not want to see the situation turned into a religious conflict.
According to the spokesman, she asked that whatever measures were used to solve the crisis, people must not be led to believe that the problems were based on religious difference.
Thailand's Muslim majority south has long felt aggrieved by its slower pace of development, and a separatist movement thrived there in the 70s and 80s.
Many analysts believe the recent violence is stoked by the same sentiments.
However, there has also been criticism of the government and accusations that with its strong-arm tactics, it has only served to inflame the sense of grievance.