BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 – The Committee on the Emergency Situation has resolved to extend the state of emergency in three southern border provinces for another three months. However, Si Sakhon district of Narathiwat will be among those areas excluded from the state of emergency.
National Security Council Secretary General, Gen Wanlop Raksanoh said today the Committee on Emergency Situation chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon resolved to keep the three southern border provinces under the state of emergency decree for another three months from September 20 to December 19, 2019.
However, some districts are excluded from the state of emergency, namely Mae Larn district of Pattani, Betong district of Yala and Su-ngai Kolok and Sukhirin districts of Narathiwat. The extended state of emergency is for government personnel to maintain public peace and protect local villagers and property.
Meanwhile, the Internal Security Operations Command’s Region Four Forward Command will propose to the cabinet the exclusion of Si Sakhon district of Narathiwat from the state of emergency. If the situation in any other declared district has returned to normal, it may eventually be excluded as well.
Meanwhile, the Committee on the Emergency Situation planned to amend the State of Emergency Decree’s regulations to change the agency responsible for the use of cellphones by relevant government personnel from the ICT Ministry to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission.