Emergency Decree to stay for another 3 months in Deep South

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BANGKOK, 20 June 2012  – The government has decided to extend the effect of the Emergency Decree in Thailand’s southernmost provinces for some time, in hopes of keeping the situation in the violence-plagued region under control.

Deputy government spokesperson Anusorn Iamsa-ad said that the Cabinet decided on Tuesday to extend the Emergency Decree in the country’s 3 southernmost provinces by another 3 months.

As a result, the emergency law will remain in effect until September 29th, 2012.

Mr. Anusorn added that, while the law is still in place, security officials in the area will have to keep detailed records of all violent attacks and clashes as well as the performance of all officers and the forecast of the situation in the next 3 months.

At the meeting, the Secretary General of the National Security Council informed the ministers that he has affirmed with overseas human rights activists about the extension of the law that Thailand will inevitably need more control of the situation in the Deep South, asserting that the situation in the area will continue to improve.