Thailand lifts Emergency Decree in Mae Lan, Pattani

17:16, December 28, 2010      

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Thai cabinet on Tuesday agreed to revoke the Emergency Decree in the one district in the southern province of Pattani, Thai prime minister said.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the cancellation of the emergency law in Mae Lan district is pivotal to lifting of the decree from other areas in the three southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

The emergency decree will be replaced by the Internal Security Act, which gives less power to the authority, on Dec. 30.

The state of emergency has been enforced in the three troubled southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat some five years ago in the wake of the violence instigated by suspected secessionists. Since 2004, more than 4,400 local people have been killed and about 7,000 injured in the three provinces by the suspected separatists.

Source: Xinhua

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