||3 October 2009
Thailand plans tight security for Asean Summit
Thai government announced Friday a plan to enforce the Internal Security Act (ISA) during the forthcoming 15th Asean Summit and related meetings, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
On Friday morning, the government led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and involved security authorities held a meeting to discuss about security steps to be applied to ensure law and order at the 15th Asean Summit's venues, Thai News Agency reported.
In mid-April this year, the Asean Summit and related meetings in central resort town Pattaya were canceled due to violent protests by thousands of members of the Thai anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
Thailand, which holds the 2009 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), will also host the 15th ASEAN Summit and related meetings during October 23-25 in central beach resort town Cha-am and Hua Hin.
However, the ISA law will be imposed from October 12 ahead of the start of the Asean Summit as it will be enforced until October 27,army chief General Anupong Paochinda said after the meeting.
The ISA law will be imposed in nine sub-districts of Cha-am, while four other sub-districts in Hua Hin will be also under the ISA law's imposition, General Anupong said.
A combined security force will be deployed to ensure law and order there, General Anupong said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, in charges of security affairs, said the government will not let anything to disturb the Asean Summit and related meetings as it happened in the past.
Also, Suthep said the government will impose the ISA law in capital Bangkok, if new rallies by the UDD protestors show a sign of chaos.
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