BANGKOK, 20 May 2014 – Heads of governmental units have gathered at the Army Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, following a call by Director of the Internal Peace Keeping Command (IPKC) General Prayuth Chan-Ocha to a meeting during which he will hand down operational guidelines to officials.
Reports say, so far, a few top-level officials have showed up at the designated venue including Secretary General of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning Trairat Poonsawad, and representatives from the Commerce Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
The Army Club is tightly secured as numerous troops have been sighted. General Prayuth has summoned officials holding the rank of Director General and above for a meeting at 2 PM to inform them of the IPKC’s operating plans.
Meanwhile, Director of the Public Relations Division, Office of the Army Secretary, Colonel Anucha Chumkhum, said that he has been assigned to coordinate with members of the media in the preparation of news reports at the Army Club. He said the press is not allowed to attend the 2 PM meeting; however, the meeting’s result will be made known to the public at its conclusion.
He stressed that the meeting does not involve the cabinet and that the latter still has the same authority it possesses prior to the Martial Law’s imposition.