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15 December 2010 :: 11:12:52 am 47650

PM: Emergency decree lifting not in today’s cabinet meeting agenda

BANGKOK, Dec 14 - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Tuesday that the issue of the lifting of the State of Emergency imposed in the Thai capital and its three surrounding provinces since April will not be raised in today's Cabinet meeting as it is awaiting a situation review and recommendations from the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).
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Mr Abhisit said today’s Cabinet meeting has no agenda regarding revocation of the emergency decree, as he has not yet seen a situation assessment by CRES.

The premier said he will ask CRES chair Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan about it and the readiness of security-concerned agencies on measures to maintain law and order during today’s Cabinet meeting.

The prime minister said the emergency decree will be lifted in the last four provinces simultaneously and that the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be implemented in its place to handle the continuing situation.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who oversees national security, explained that CRES cannot propose the lifting of emergency decree to the Cabinet today because they need more time as they are still considering the details of security action plan after the law is revoked.

As the premier has appointed him as advisor to CRES, Mr Suthep said he will attend the centre meeting this afternoon and the conclusion on the emergency decree lifting should be made within the next few days before forwarding the issue for Cabinet consideration next week.

“I reaffirm that the emergency decree will be lifted before New Year as said by the prime minister,” said the deputy premier. “Now police and governors are discussing the post-state-of-emergency security plans.”

But the state of emergency can be re-imposed if the situation worsens, Mr Suthep said.

 

As the government believes that New Year celebrations will be held in every province, Mr Suthep said he has instructed the authorities nationwide to propose their provincial security plans to him by Dec 25 so that he will integrate the plans to prevent possible disturbances set in motion by ill-intentioned people.

The state of emergency was imposed in Bangkok and 23 other provinces to enable the authorities to maintain law and order after the anti-government Red Shirt rallies turned violent in April. It wasn lifted in 20 provinces and remains in force in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Sumut Prakan and Pathum Thani until today. (MCOT online news)

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