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01 May 2009 :: 21:05:50 pm 38063

Pm Unworried By Planned Protest On Eve of Regional Influenza Meeting

BANGKOK, May 1 - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he is unworried about the protest planned by anti-government demonstrators before next week‘s regional health ministers meeting on influenza A (H1N1) to be hosted by Thailand.
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The prime minister said that deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban would direct security measures for the ASEAN public health ministers meeting in Bangkok Thursday and Friday May 7-8.

The protest which scuttled the ASEAN summit in Pattaya on April 11 will be a lesson to lay out security measures to prevent recurrence of such a problem, he said.

Mr. Abhisit said he believed the regional influenza meeting will benefit the country and help the world community understand (the political situation in Thailand).

The ministerial meeting is very important because the world is greatly concerned about influenza A (H1N1) and the ASEAN countries must cooperate to fight the threat of a possible pandemic, said Mr. Abhisit.

The government has to go ahead to hold the meeting although the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) plans to hold another protest on May 6, one day before the regional meeting on influenza A (H1N1) starts.

Asked about possible violence, the prime minister said the government is not careless as there was disturbance in the past. Meanwhile, he called for protesters to conduct their demonstration under the terms of the law. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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