Emergency in two north provinces should be lifted: Thai army

15:18, August 13, 2010      

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The army is capable of keeping the situation in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai under control and that the emergency decree in these two provinces is revocable, a senior army officer said on Friday.

Thanongsak Apirakyothin, commander of Army Region 3, who is in charge of the security in north Thailand said the Third Army had already forwarded the situation assessment's results and a recommendation that the emergency law in the two provinces could be revoked to the prime minister.

"Personally, I think the emergency should be lifted to boost economy and tourism in the two provinces, but it depends on the prime minister's decision," the commander said.

Late July, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva approved to lift the emergency decree in six provinces, leaving ten provinces, including Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, still under the emergency rule.

The decree, which had been imposed on Bangkok and some other areas since April 7 in the face of the then escalating anti- government rally by "red-shirts" movement.

The decree was later expanded to cover more provinces in the north and northeast -- strongholds of the red-shirts -- as the situation deteriorated.

The government did not lift the decree though the rally, which saw nearly 90 died and about 2,000 injured, ended on May 19 following the army's operation to disperse the protestors.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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