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20 December 2010 :: 16:12:48 pm 47968

Cabinet to consider lifting emergency decree Tuesday

Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said Monday that he will ask the Cabinet Tuesday to lift the state of emergency imposed in the capital and surrounding provinces since April as the situation has improved.
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BANGKOK, Dec 20 – Thai’s Gen Prawit, in his capacity as director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), reasoned that the situation continues to improve while the anti-government protest leaders and supporters also have conducted their protests under the rule of law.

The CRES director added that the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be enforced, but the emergency decree can be re-imposed of violence reoccurs.

The state of emergency remains in force in Bangkok and three adjacent provinces of Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Gen Prawit however expressed concern over possible violence during the New year period and said police will be the main agency to maintain law and order while personnel from the three branches of the armed forces will assist the police.

Following the intensified campaign against the government planned by the Red Shirt’s United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) for next year, the defence minister reasserted that the protesters’ stronger moves will nonetheless have to be under the rule of law.

Meanwhile, Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday said that the Red Shirt announcement of their intensified campaign has no impact on the government’s consideration of lifting the emergency decree.

Gen Prayuth said that if the security law has been lifted when the situation returns to normal it can be immediately re-enforced when any problem occurs.

The army chief added that the draft of post-state-of-emergency security plan has been complete and has been already forwarded to the cabinet.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who oversees national security, stated that security-concerned officials have to work harder to maintain order as the Red Shirt will rally on the 10th and 19th of every month, but the increasing number of protesters will not affect the emergency decree lifting.

Mr Suthep added that he not overly concerned that the Red Shirt gatherings will be expanded to other provinces although the group announced their planned intensified campaign. He said the government has the ISA to handle the protester moves. (MCOT online news)

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