Military told to guard armaments against unauthorized use


BANGKOK, 24 January 2014  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday told the military to exercise caution in guarding its armaments, to prevent the weapons falling into the hands of those seeking to promote turmoil. 

Speaking at the first Defense Council meeting of 2014, Ms. Yingluck, the Defense Minister, clarified the declaration of the Emergency Executive Decree enforcement over Greater Bangkok to the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force and other military top brass.

After the meeting, Ms. Yingluck told reporters she called on the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leaders to have regard for personal rights, and that she would rather not see the group making announcements about it trying to capture certain individuals.

Colonel Thanathip Sawangsaeng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, said the prime minister emphasized the issue of military personnel carrying weapons to important locations or into communities.