Thailand hopes to finalize 2 security issues in 3 weeks: Deputy PM

09:03, June 17, 2010      

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Thailand's government should be able to finalize in three weeks on two-key issues: the emergency rule and amnesty for anti-government "red-shirts" not involved in terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said Wednesday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

"The review is underway and the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) needs to brainstorm in order to come up recommendations deemed beneficial to the country in the long run," the Nation online quoted Suthep as saying.

On the amnesty, as some people support it, others disagree with it, so "we have to consider carefully," Suthep said.

About 300-400 people, who have been detained for alleged involvement in the recent political unrest, can potentially get pardoned, Suthep said.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the CRES recommended the state of emergency be lifted only for some places when the right time comes.

The state of emergency has been imposed in 24 provinces of Thailand's 76 provinces due to the recent anti-government "red- shirt" rally in central Bangkok.

The emergency rule has been imposed from April 7, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

And, in a bid to ensure security, the state of emergency's enforcement has been maintained though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, leaving tremendous losses and damages to the country.

Source: Xinhua


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