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Cambodia saving no means to prepare for 20th ASEAN summit

(Xinhua)

11:13, March 31, 2012

PHNOM PENH, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia, the current chair of the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is actively preparing for the two-day summit starting on April 3, in terms of security and reception.

This is the second time for the country to host the ASEAN Summit, and the preparatory meetings opened in the capital city Phnom Penh on March 30 as scheduled.

Phnom Penh police chief Touch Narath told Xinhua in a recent telephone interview that the city will deploy over 5,000 police forces from the airport to the meeting venues and around Phnom Penh to safeguard the summit.

Policemen are set patrolling less than every 100 meters on the main roads near the meeting places.

The 20th ASEAN Summit is located at the Peace Palace, one of the biggest office buildings for government meetings in Cambodia. The deputy general manager of the media center Phos Sovann told Xinhua that the organizer started the preparation five months ago, and received many subsidies from the Cambodian government.

However, due to limited manpower and recourses, as well as much higher-than-expected media registration, there still remains much work for preparation, Phos said.

Over 800 journalists from 696 media organizations home and abroad have registered for the summit coverage so far, according to the organizer. Phos said they could hardly manage to make the badge in time.

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