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Thai defence minister favors using Internal Security Act during ASEAN Summit

2009-09-17 16:15 BJT

BANGKOK, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The cabinet should consider imposing the Internal Security Act to ensure law and order for the 15th ASEAN Summit to be held on Oct. 23-25, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Thursday.

Thailand, which is the 2009 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN,) will host the 15th ASEAN Summit and related meetings during Oct. 23-25 in central beach resort town Cha-am and Hua Hin.

General Prawit said he believes the local people would understand why the security law is necessary, the website by Bangkok Post reported.

The defence minister will today accompany Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban to inspect central beach resort town Hua Hin to see preparations for the Summit.

The government is apparently satisfied with the success of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in southern resort island Phuket in July with the imposition of the ISA.

Without the ISA enforcement, the ASEAN Summit and related meetings in central resort town Pattaya in April were cancelled due to violent protests of by several thousands of members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: Xinhua