Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cambodia Makes Security Provisions for ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has taken measures to provide security for the duration of a two-day ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, to be held over 27th to 28th May 2009. The meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Phnom Penh.

Khieu Sopheak, Spokesman of the Ministry of Health, said the Royal Government of Cambodia would take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, productive and restful environment wherein Ministers may discuss topics free from interference.

To guarantee security and safety the delegates, the Ministry of the Interior, in collaboration with the Phnom Penh Municipality will deploy thousands of armed operatives including members of the police, the military police, intelligence officers, anti-human trafficking personnel, anti-drug police and members of the fire service. They will be deployed around strategic parts of the city, said Sopheak.

“With all of these people and measures in place, we can guarantee a safe and trouble free meeting for these important international delegates during their stays in Cambodia,” he added.

Sopheak continued that the authorities have also prepared all necessary hardware to prevent disturbance from demonstrators or a terrorist attack.

“The ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting is a big event for Cambodia. Thus, as host country, Cambodia has a full responsibility in providing security and safety for the duration of the meeting for all foreign delegates,” he said during a telephone interview with The Cambodia Weekly May 8.

Brigadier General Touch Naruth, Chief of the Phnom Penh Police Commissariat, said that to guarantee security and safety for the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, his unit would deploy about 1,000 police throughout the city.

Naruth said the forces will work 24 hours a day during the meetings and will be deploying at all the important checkpoints in Phnom Penh. He said they would be ably supported by all intervention vehicles, in the unlikely event of an incident.

“We have already prepared our police forces for ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting,” Naruth said. “I think that with our strong spirit and hard work, in addition to our monitoring activities, we will have no problems providing security and safety for the foreign delegates and the meeting.” /////




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