Pattaya Daily News

11 May 2009 :: 01:05:34 am 37015

Pm: Security Act Enforcement During Asean Summit Under Consideration

BANGKOK, May 10 - Reiterating that no violent protest must be allowed to occur again during a regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with its dialogue partners, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday that legal experts, from both the military and the police are now considering whether enforcement of the Internal Security Act during a new summit could be enforced.
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The Act, if imposed during the upcoming ASEAN summit with its dialogue partners, will help facilitate security officials to carry out their operations as well as with controlling transportation routes, Mr. Abhisit said during his weekly television address.

Legal advice suggests that if the Act is to be enforced, it must be within the framework of the law, he said. Also, it should not create concern among the public because the Act is now being exercised along the border.

The fresh meeting is scheduled for mid-June on the Andaman Sea resort island of Phuket.

The summit of the 10-member regional bloc and its six dialogue partners — China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand — was originally to be held in the seaside resort of Pattaya during April 10-12, but Mr. Abhisit cancelled it on April 11 after anti-government protesters stormed the hotel hosting the meeting. .

Protesters can still protest during the rescheduled summit even if the Act is enforced but such a demonstration must be held within the framework, Mr. Abhisit added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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