Extension of state of emergency is for security, economy: Thai top brasses

15:09, July 06, 2010      

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Extension of the state of emergency is essential for national security as it will also be good for the country's economy, national army chief General Anupong Paochinda said on Tuesday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

In a related development, speaking before attending the weekly cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban voiced the same tone saying that extending the state of emergency is vital for national security, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

"I don't want to please some particular group or type of people (by lifting the emergency decree). When there is damage and loss of lives, these people won't show up to take responsibility," he said.

On Monday evening the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) resolved at a meeting to recommend the cabinet meeting to extend the state of emergency to ensure security.

The emergency decree's enforcement is still necessary as some groups of people are prepared to resort to violence, Suthep said.

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